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The Excise Tax on High-Cost Health Plans Should Stay

September 29, 2015

The House will soon consider budget reconciliation legislation that includes a provision to repeal health reform’s excise tax on high-cost health plans.

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4 Reasons Why the Netherlands Isn’t a Model for Disability Insurance

September 17, 2015

The Netherlands — where disability reforms have tightened eligibility, trimmed benefits, and imposed greater responsibilities on employers — isn’t a model for Social Security Disability Insurance, according to a...

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Medicare Isn’t Going “Bankrupt”

July 31, 2015

Some politicians continue to claim erroneously that Medicare is running out of money.  House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan asserts that Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund “will go bankrupt in 2030.”  Presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush...

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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 ...


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...