This week on Off the Charts, we focused on health reform, the economy, federal taxes, poverty, and food assistance.
On health reform, Paul Van de Water highlighted a Congressional Budget Office estimate that only 1.2 percent of Americans will pay a penalty for failure to get health coverage. Chye-Ching Huang described how a different provision of health reform — the Medicare tax increase — will similarly affect very few taxpayers. Dave Chandra listed five reasons why states should act quickly to set up health insurance exchanges.
On the economy, Chad Stone examined the June jobs report, explaining that it remains difficult to find a job in today’s job market.
On federal taxes, Chye-Ching Huang listed ten things you need to know about the capital gains tax, and Jared Bernstein and Chuck Marr discussed how tax reform can become a trap that increases deficits and inequality.
On poverty, Indivar Dutta-Gupta examined the important role that public benefit programs play in reducing poverty.
On food assistance, Stacy Dean pointed to her USA Today op-ed, which explains that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps millions of low-income Americans afford an adequate diet.