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House Should Not Repeal IPAB and Rescind Prevention Funding

June 23, 2015

The House is expected to vote this afternoon on repealing health reform’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a presidentially appointed commission charged with developing ways to slow the growth of Medicare spending.  Repealing IPAB would restrict efforts to contain health care costs and would put Medicare beneficiaries at greater risk of benefit cuts, as we have...

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CBO: Repealing Health Reform Would Increase Deficit

June 19, 2015

Even using "dynamic scoring," which incorporates estimates of how legislation would affect the size of the economy and, in turn, federal revenues and spending, repealing health reform would increase the deficit.

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Repealing Two Health Reform Measures Would Be Unwise

June 17, 2015

The House will soon consider two bills that would repeal health reform’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and its excise tax on medical devices.  Repealing these provisions would be unwise, as we’ve previously explained.

IPAB is a presidentially appointed commission charged with developing ways to slow the growth of Medicare spending.  Repealing IPAB would cost an estimated $7...

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Repealing Health Reform’s IPAB Would Be Unwise

June 1, 2015

Repealing IPAB would be bad for Medicare's beneficiaries -- and for controlling health care costs. 

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Keep the Medical Device Tax

April 22, 2015

The Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Health Care will hold a hearing tomorrow on the 2.3-percent medical device excise tax that Congress enacted to help pay for health reform.  We recently updated our...

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Health Costs Continue to Slow, Improving Budget Outlook

March 9, 2015

With health care cost growth continuing to slow, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) now projects that federal health spending will be nearly $700 billion less over the 2011-2020 period than what CBO projected in ...

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Few Disability Insurance Beneficiaries Could Support Themselves by Working

March 9, 2015

The Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program provides modest but vital benefits to workers who can no longer do substantial work due to a severe medical impairment.  Lawmakers will need to replenish...

“Generational Accounting” Is Misleading and Uninformative

February 24, 2015

The topic of “generational accounting” will likely surface when economist Lawrence Kotlikoff, who helped develop the approach over 20 years ago, testifies at tomorrow’s Senate Budget Committee hearing.  Generational accounting purports to compare the effects of federal...

Disability Allowance Rates Fall as Social Security Strengthens Oversight of Hearings

February 10, 2015

The rate at which Social Security administrative law judges (ALJs) approve claims for disability benefits dropped for the fifth straight year in 2014, new Social Security Administration (SSA) data show.  The ALJ allowance rate has fallen from 63 percent in 2008 and 2009 to 45 percent in 2014.  (See figure.)  Thus, claims that ALJs...

Projected Health Spending Has Fallen Since 2010, Even With Health Reform’s Coverage Expansions

January 28, 2015

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) now projects that federal health spending — including the costs of health reform’s coverage expansions — will be about $600 billion less over 2011-2020 than CBO projected in January...

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