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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS
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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health reform, the economy, nutrition programs, and Social Security.
- On the federal budget and taxes, we compiled a roundup of our recent posts and analyses related to the federal government shutdown. Robert Greenstein warned that rewarding the use of a shutdown to extract an otherwise unachievable legislative goal would lead to more shutdowns. Sharon Parrott noted that authorizing piecemeal legislation to temporarily fund politically sensitive programs is no way to govern.
- On health reform, we explained why House Republicans’ attempts to use temporary funding bills to halt parts of health reform are a bad idea, and we excerpted Robert Greenstein’s Politico op-ed explaining that health reform does not give Congress special treatment. Edwin Park explained why delaying the individual mandate is neither harmless nor fair. Paul Van de Water noted that the arguments against the medical device tax do not withstand scrutiny, and he responded to some claims about the tax in an interview with Salon. Chye-Ching Huang explained that a proposal to offset the cost of ending the medical device tax would actually lose revenue in the long run. Sarah Lueck rebutted the claim that health reform will make insurance less affordable. Judy Solomon marked the opening of health reform’s new insurance exchanges and pointed out that many of the states that aren’t expanding Medicaid have particularly high rates of uninsured adults.
- On the economy, we excerpted Jared Bernstein’s post for the New York Times’ Economix on the economic impact of the shutdown and a potential default. Chad Stone noted that the shutdown means there will be no September jobs report.
- On nutrition programs, Zoë Neuberger explained how schools in high-poverty areas can reduce hunger and streamline their meal programs.
- On Social Security, Kathy Ruffing cautioned policymakers to sift through facts on Disability Insurance carefully.
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