This week on Off the Charts, we focused on health reform and the federal budget and taxes.
On health reform, Jesse Cross-Call reported that Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults remains extremely limited in states that haven’t adopted health reform’s Medicaid expansion. Matt Broaddus highlighted a study showing that people eligible for Medicaid as children earn more, and pay more in taxes, as adults. Sarah Lueck noted that fewer people skipped needed health care because of its cost or reported trouble paying medical bills in 2014, when health reform’s major coverage expansions took effect.
On the federal budget and taxes, we excerpted Robert Greenstein’s statement and our analysis on the President’s capital gains tax proposals, and Greenstein affirmed that the President’s proposal to streamline tax credits for higher education would help middle-class families. Bryann DaSilva explained why permanently extending key parts of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit should be a top priority for Congress. Chuck Marr pointed to bipartisan support in Congress for expanding the EITC for childless workers. We also highlighted a new paper answering frequently asked questions on budget “reconciliation.”