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Repealing the Health Insurance Tax Would Add to Deficit, Undermine Health Reform

July 25, 2013

Congress enacted a tax on health insurance providers in 2010 as one way to help pay for health reform (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA).  Now, bills introduced in the House and Senate would repeal the tax — a move that would add to the deficit and undermine health reform, as we explain in a...

Correcting the Record on Health Reform’s Employer Requirement

July 11, 2013

Critics of health reform’s employer responsibility requirement, which says that large employers must offer their workers health coverage or pay a penalty, are incorrectly using a paper we wrote in October 2009 to buttress their case.  (See...

House Bills Would Make Budget Estimates More Confusing

June 18, 2013

The House Budget Committee will consider two bills tomorrow that, contrary to their titles, would harm the congressional budget process.  The House passed similar bills last year, and we have previously explained how they would make budget estimates less transparent and less useful.

  • The “Baseline Reform Act” (
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Trustees Reaffirm That Medicare Isn’t Going “Bankrupt”

June 3, 2013

Medicare has grown financially stronger in both the short and long term compared to last year, its trustees said in their annual report.

The trustees reported that Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund will...

What to Look for in Tomorrow’s 2013 Medicare Trustees’ Report

May 30, 2013

Medicare’s trustees will issue their annual assessment of the program’s finances tomorrow.  Although we don’t know what the report will show, the public should expect the projections of Medicare’s financial health to vary from one year to the next.  That’s...

Projected Medicare and Medicaid Spending Has Fallen by $900 Billion

May 20, 2013

Health care cost growth has slowed substantially, as the latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) make clear  Since late 2010, CBO has reduced its projection of cumulative Medicare and Medicaid spending over the 2011-2020 period by $900 billion (or nearly 10 percent over that period).

That date’s important because it was in late 2010 — and based on...

How Would the Chained CPI Affect Social Security Benefits?

April 23, 2013

Most future Social Security beneficiaries would experience a benefit cut averaging about 2 percent over the course of their retirement from the President’s proposal to adopt the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) for computing Social Security’s cost-of-living adjustments, our brief report explains:

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Dynamic Scoring: Still a Bad Idea

April 8, 2013

The Senate narrowly adopted an amendment to its recent budget resolution that would require the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation to prepare “dynamic” estimates of the budgetary impact of tax legislation.  But, policymakers should reject the temptation to use “dynamic scoring” to estimate how tax reform...

Three Big Changes to Medicare in the Ryan Budget

March 15, 2013

The Medicare proposals in House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget are essentially the same as those in last year’s Ryan budget, our new paper explains.  Three particularly important provisions are:

  • Replacing guaranteed coverage with a voucher. The Ryan budget would replace Medicare’
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Projected Medicare Spending Has Fallen by More than $500 Billion

February 19, 2013

Here’s some good news on the fiscal front: projected Medicare spending over the 2011-2020 period has fallen by more than $500 billion since late 2010 — based on a comparison of the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections with those of August 2010.

That’s important to remember...

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