This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, poverty and inequality, health, state taxes, the economy, and food assistance.
On the federal budget, Robert Greenstein released a statement on the new House-passed budget agreement. Edwin Park revealed that the House-passed budget agreement calls for repealing health reform and cutting Medicaid, which would make tens of millions more Americans uninsured. Douglas Rice confirmed that the Budget Control Act’s harsh funding caps will make it hard for Congress to avoid cutting housing assistance next year.
On health, Jesse Cross-Call highlighted the gains states have made after expanding Medicaid under health reform. Judy Solomon noted that Medicaid expansion is a better way to address uncompensated care for uninsured adults than uncompensated care pools, and along with Jessica Schubel, she answered some questions about the issues surrounding Florida’s Low-Income Pool. January Angeles explained how recent improvements to the federal marketplace will help enrollees get the proper subsidies when they renew their coverage. Jessica Schubel refuted recent calls to link Medicaid to work.
On state taxes, Michael Mazerov explained why shifting from income to sales taxes won’t boost state economies.