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Debating Medicaid's Future

December 6, 2010

Judy Solomon, co-director of health policy, weighed in on the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” forum, which features commentary from policy experts on a variety of pressing issues. The topic was “How to Save Medicaid.” Solomon explained that Medicaid costs have risen no faster than private insurance and that capping federal funding is the wrong approach to slowing future cost growth.

In Case You Missed It...

December 4, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we discussed the deficit, the economy, state budgets, housing, and health reform.

Find Our Top Charts on Flickr

December 2, 2010

The Center is now on Flickr. Our new account features two chartbooks, “The Legacy of the Great Recession” and “The State Budget Crisis and the Economy,” and a “Top Ten Charts” album, featuring our most popular charts and graphs.

Center Statement on New Bowles-Simpson Plan

December 2, 2010

The Center’s executive director, Robert Greenstein, and its director of federal fiscal policy, James R. Horney, have issued a statement on the new deficit reduction plan that the co-chairs of the President’s fiscal commission announced today:

Stone Weighs in on Income Inequality and Deficit Debate

December 1, 2010

Chief Economist Chad Stone weighed in on the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” forum, which features commentary from policy experts on a variety of pressing issues. The topic was “The Income Gap and Deficit Reduction,” and Stone explained that deficit reduction is essential but should be designed in a way that does not worsen income inequality.

Q & A with Chad Stone: The Impact of the Expiration of Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits

November 30, 2010

I’m Michelle Bazie and I’m here with Chad Stone, the Center’s Chief Economist, to discuss the expiration of federal emergency unemployment benefits and what it means for millions of jobless workers and the economy.

A Brief Snapshot of Hardship in America

November 24, 2010

As we think about what we have to be thankful for this holiday season, it’s important to remember that millions of Americans are having trouble affording basic necessities. Below are the most current figures available in five important areas.

Q & A with Dottie Rosenbaum: Understanding Food Insecurity in the U.S.

November 23, 2010

In this podcast, we’ll discuss the findings of the US Department of Agriculture’s report on food insecurity that was released last week. I’m Michelle Bazie and I’m joined by Dottie Rosenbaum, Senior Policy Analyst with the Center.

In Case You Missed It...

November 19, 2010

This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget, state budgets, unemployment, food assistance, and Social Security.

Federal Debt Projections With & Without the Bush Tax Cuts

November 16, 2010

As Congress decides whether to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, we thought it might be useful to keep in mind what the federal debt would be with and without an unpaid-for extension.

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