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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...

The Week Misuses CBPP Analysis of Health Reform’s Employer Requirement

May 16, 2014

A recent column in The Week incorrectly used a 2009 CBPP paper about health reform’s employer responsibility requirement, under which large employers must offer their workers health coverage or pay a penalty.  As we’ve...

Emerging Trade Agreement Would Make Drugs Less Affordable

May 6, 2014

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a trade agreement that the United States and 11 other Pacific-rim countries are negotiating — threatens to make prescription drugs less affordable for consumers and taxpayers.  CBPP recently joined with ten other organizations, including AARP and Consumers Union, to express our concerns...

Our New Long-Term Budget Projections

May 5, 2014

The nation’s fiscal outlook is stable for the rest of this decade and then worsens gradually, according to our new projections of the budget outlook under current policies through 2040.  The projected ratio of debt to gross domestic product (GDP) — which was 72 percent at the end of fiscal year 2013 — will reach 74 percent by...

“Fair-Value” Approach Would Make Student Loan Accounting Less Accurate, Not More

April 25, 2014

Advocating so-called “fair-value accounting” for student loans and other federal credit programs, National Review’s Jason Richwine claims that current accounting rules showing that student loans generate a profit for the federal government “...

CBO: Health Reform Is Working — and Costing Less

April 14, 2014

In new estimates that it released today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that health reform’s coverage expansions will cost less than it previously estimated.  That’s good news for two reasons:

First, the new cost projections come even as CBO also estimates that health reform will dramatically reduce the number of...

Ryan’s Medicare Proposals: the Latest

April 9, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposals — summarized in a new CBPP analysis — have evolved since Ryan issued his Roadmap for America’s Future in 2010, but much is still the same in the budget plan he released last week.

The...

Why Raising Health Reform’s Threshold for Full-Time Work Would Be Counterproductive

April 1, 2014

The House this week will consider the “Save American Workers Act,” which would raise the threshold for full-time work under health reform from 30 to 40 hours a week.  As we have explained, however, this step would aggravate the very problem that the...

House Budget-Process Bills Are Ill-Advised

March 28, 2014

The House will consider three bills in the coming weeks that would make the budget process more complicated, less transparent, and less credible.

  • The Pro-Growth Budgeting Act (H.R.1874) would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prepare “dynamic” estimates of the budgetary impact of major legislation.  Contrary to widespread misunderstanding, CBO’s standard estimates
  • ...

Proposed Medicare Advantage Payment Policies: The Sky Isn’t Falling

March 13, 2014

In testimony today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I explain why policymakers should reject calls from health insurance lobbyists to block the Administration’s proposed 2015 payment policies for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.  AHIP (the health insurance industry’s trade...

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