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January 31, 2011

Even as a number of states challenge the health reform law (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) in court, virtually every state has begun deciding how to implement a key part of it: creating state-based exchanges that will give individuals and small businesses a choice of coverage options and promote competition among insurance companies. A study panel of the National Academy of Social Insurance released a toolkit last week to help states design these exchanges to offer affordable and accessible coverage.

January 24, 2011

With House Budget Committee Chair Ryan scheduled to deliver the Republican response to the President’s State of the Union address tomorrow, this is an appropriate time to take another look at the major budget plan Rep. Ryan announced last year. (We’ve issued analyses both of the plan as a whole and of its proposed changes to Social Security.)

January 19, 2011

The House of Representatives votes today on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday we listed five pieces of the law that have already taken effect — and that we would lose if Congress repealed health reform. Below are five major, positive effects that the law will have over the next several years — but which we won’t achieve if health reform is repealed.

January 19, 2011

In this podcast, we’ll discuss myths about health reform’s impact on jobs and the deficit. I’m Shannon Spillane and I’m joined by Paul Van de Water, Senior Fellow here at the Center.

January 18, 2011

The House of Representatives plans to vote tomorrow on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act — that is, health reform. Below are five of its provisions that are already having an impact. As the list shows, repealing health reform would make it harder for many Americans to get insurance, harder for families and seniors with coverage to afford the care they need, and harder for small businesses to provide insurance for their employees:

January 13, 2011

In last week’s post explaining why block-granting Medicaid or capping its funding would be ill-advised, I noted that Medicaid costs per beneficiary have risen at about the same rate as costs across the health-care system as a whole (both public and private) in recent decades. Moreover, Medicaid actually costs less per beneficiary than private insurance, after taking into account differences in health status. This chart shows how much less.

January 7, 2011

In March 2010, as Congress was enacting the health reform law (the Affordable Care Act), the Congressional Budget Office estimated that it would reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the 2010-2019 period and by the equivalent of about $1.3 trillion over the following decade.

January 7, 2011

In the intensifying debate over cutting federal spending, troubling proposals to block-grant Medicaid or otherwise cap its funding are getting new attention. For example, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), the new Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has already discussed block-granting Medicaid with some governors.

January 4, 2011

Politico quotes incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan today as stating that the health reform law “is full of gimmicks that more than erase the false claim of deficit reduction” made by the Congressional Budget Office, which has estimated that the law will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over 2010-2019 and by some $1.3 trillion over the following decade. But the “gimmicks” he cites are nothing of the sort, as my colleague Jim Horney and I explained in a report we issued when these and similar misleading charges began surfacing nearly a year ago.

December 22, 2010

With the approach of the holidays, a time when Americans come together with family and friends to share the blessings of life, we thought that we’d take a moment to focus on those who are not quite so lucky by providing a snapshot of poverty and hardship in the United States. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are having trouble affording basic necessities. Below are the most current figures available in five important areas.