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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...

Case for Repealing Medical Device Tax Is as Weak as Ever

January 16, 2015

As the New York Times’ Robert Pear explained this week, health reform’s 2.3-percent excise tax on medical devices “has become a prime target for Republicans, some Democrats and a small army of lobbyists for the industry.  But a new report from the Congressional...

House Bill Raising Health Reform Threshold to 40 Hours Would Affect More Workers

January 6, 2015

House leaders have scheduled a vote this week to raise the threshold for health reform’s employer mandate from 30 hours of work per week to 40 hours.  House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell call the 30-hour threshold “an arbitrary and destructive...

Trade Agreement Needs to Protect Access to Affordable Drugs

December 18, 2014

AARP, the AFL-CIO, Doctors Without Borders, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, and Oxfam have written President Obama expressing several concerns — which we share — about the...

New York Times Warns Against “Dynamic Scoring”

December 8, 2014

A New York Times editorial this weekend raised several red flags about so-called “dynamic scoring” — that is, including estimates of the macroeconomic effects of policy changes in official cost estimates for tax and spending legislation.  We strongly agree.  Our recent...

Six Ways Health Reform Helps the Middle Class

December 2, 2014

Health reform offers substantial benefits to middle-class Americans, contrary to some recent claims.  Here are some of the most important ones:

  1. A safety net for all. Insurers can no longer refuse to sell someone health coverage or charge higher premiums because of a pre-existing health condition.  Health plans must now cover preventive care, such as vaccinations
  2. ...

“Dynamic” Estimates Are Highly Uncertain, Subject to Manipulation

November 17, 2014

An American Action Forum event today to promote “dynamic scoring” for tax and spending legislation unintentionally illustrates what Chye-Ching Huang and I explain in a newly updated paper:  estimates of the macroeconomic...

Boehner, McConnell Mislead on Health Reform’s Employer Mandate

November 7, 2014

House Speaker Boehner and Senate Minority Leader McConnell called this week for a major change in health reform’s requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to employees who work 30 or more hours a week or face a penalty.  Claiming that the 30-hour threshold is “...

Latest CRS Findings Refute Scare Talk About Medical Device Tax

November 6, 2014

With congressional Republicans reportedly planning a renewed push to repeal the medical device tax, a Congressional Research Service report updated...

Medicare and Medicaid Should Be Protected in Trade Agreements

October 22, 2014

CBPP, AARP, the AFL-CIO, Consumers Union, and ten other national organizations have written to the U.S. Trade Representative asking that Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs be excluded from the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions of pending trade agreements.

ISDS would give...

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