The Senate will vote tomorrow on an amendment to small business legislation that would seriously weaken an essential element of the new health reform law — the requirement that individuals obtain health insurance or pay a penalty — and eliminate preventive care funding aimed at reducing the onset of chronic diseases and improving overall health.
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The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities is one of sixteen organizations participating in Connecting Kids to Coverage, a five-year public-private campaign launched this February by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to help the five million uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP to enroll in coverage.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s call for education leaders to support health reform’s repeal on the grounds that the state would have to finance it through big cuts in education is based on a gross overestimate of the law’s likely impact on the state.
Our colleague, Paul Van de Water, is on vacation, but we wanted to highlight a new piece from him; Judith Feder, professor of public policy at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; and Harriet L. Komisar, senior research analyst at The Hilltop Institute of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It’s on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS), a new federal long-term-care insurance program that is part of the health reform law. It’s featured in the most recent special report of The American Prospect magazine:
“[T]he nation’s budget outlook over the coming decade has not changed materially in the five months since [the Congressional Budget Office] released its previous projections,” according to CBO’s update of the federal budget released today. The estimated deficit for the fiscal year that will end on September 30 is $1.342 trillion — just 2 percent ($27 billion) smaller than CBO’s March estimate.
Rep. Paul Ryan and his budget plan are getting a lot of respectful attention in the press. (See here and here.) New York Times columnist Matt Bai suggests Ryan’s plan might represent “the starting point in what could be a serious negotiation about entitlements and spending.” But a careful look at the plan shows it to be a radical blueprint to shift massive resources from the broad majority of Americans to the very wealthy, while leaving the budget on an unsustainable course for decades.
The National League’s home run leader, Washington Nationals slugger Adam Dunn, hit two homers on Wednesday in the Nats’ 7-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. What would you do if a disgruntled Diamondback suggested that Major League Baseball should not count those homers toward his individual home run total and toward the Nats’ run total in their 7-2 win because, somehow, this amounted to “double counting”? You’d laugh, right?
Listen below to Executive Director Robert Greenstein and Senior Fellow Paul Van de Water discuss the new annual reports, released today, of the Social Security and Medicare trustees.