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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...

Health Reform Reduces the Deficit, Contrary to Senate GOP Analysis

October 21, 2014

A recent analysis by Senate Budget Committee Republican staff that claims health reform will increase the deficit rests on two dubious propositions.  Under more reasonable assumptions, health reform will reduce the deficit, as the Congressional Budget Office...

Reassessing a View on Federal Accounting

September 26, 2014

So-called “fair-value accounting” is misguided because it would make federal loan and loan guarantee programs look more expensive than they really are, as my colleague Richard Kogan and I have explained.  Jason Delisle and Jason Richwine, writing in the latest issue of...

Census Report Shows Rise in Full-Time Work, Undercutting Claims by Health Reform Opponents

September 17, 2014

Yesterday’s Census Bureau report shows that the share of workers with full-time, full-year work rose in 2013, while the share with part-time, part-year work fell.  This finding further undercuts assertions that health reform is causing a large increase in part-time employment — as proponents of a...

“Generational Accounting” Spreads Confusion

August 1, 2014

“Generational accounting” purports to compare the effects of federal budget policies on people born in different years.  But, contrary to economist Lawrence Kotlikoff’s New York Times op-ed promoting a bill...

Social Security’s #1 Priority: Raise Share of Payroll Tax Going to Disability Insurance

July 29, 2014

The Social Security trustees’ new report shows why the program’s immediate priority should be to raise the share of payroll taxes allocated to Disability Insurance (DI) and lower the share allocated to Old-Age and Survivors Insurance to keep the DI trust fund from...

New Chart Book Paints Picture of Disability Insurance

July 21, 2014

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday on Social Security Disability Insurance (DI).  We’ve just released a new chart book about DI.  Its more than 20 figures illustrate the...

Congress Needs to Boost Disability Insurance Share of Payroll Tax

July 17, 2014

Congress should increase the share of the Social Security payroll tax that’s devoted to Disability Insurance (DI) and reduce the share allocated to Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI).  We explain in a new paper why that’s essential to avoid a 20 percent across-the-board cut in DI benefits in 2016, how Congress has...

New CBO Long-Term Budget Projections Tell Familiar Story

July 15, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO)’s new long-term budget projections, released today, are very similar to those that CBO published in September 2013 and to ones that we released in May 2014.  They show that the nation’s fiscal outlook is stable for the rest of this decade and then worsens gradually.

CBO projects that, under current...

Washington Post Misses the Mark on Federal Credit Accounting

June 4, 2014

A Washington Post editorial today mistakenly implies that policymakers omit from the federal budget some of the costs of government loans by putting them “off-budget.”

In fact, the current accounting method for...

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