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House Bill Could Drive Many Away from Health Reform

March 3, 2011

The House will vote today on a bill that would seriously weaken health reform by imposing large tax penalties on many people who received subsidies to buy coverage in the health insurance marketplaces (“exchanges”) the law will set up. That would discourage many people from applying for subsidies in the first place, leaving more Americans to remain uninsured. It also could create a public backlash against health reform among people who bought coverage and then found themselves owing large sums to the IRS.

Little-Known Piece of Wisconsin Budget Bill Has Huge Consequences for Medicaid

February 23, 2011

Along with its far-reaching restrictions on collective bargaining by many state employees, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill” includes a little-known provision that would give him almost total control over the state’s Medicaid program.

Cutting Medicaid, CHIP rolls is no way for governors to help their states

February 10, 2011

A number of Republican governors have asked Congress to repeal a provision of health reform so they can save money by dropping people from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Repealing this “maintenance-of-effort” provision, however, would almost certainly cause millions of people to lose insurance coverage and also hurt the economy, as our new report explains.

The Middle Class's Stake in Health Reform

April 26, 2010

Middle-class families with health insurance might not think they have much at stake in the new health reform law. But as a recent Center report showed, private health coverage for the middle class is surprisingly unstable.

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