This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, family income support, housing, food assistance, state budgets and taxes, and the economy.
On health care, Matt Broaddus, Edwin Park, and Sarah Lueck penned a blog series examining proposals that House Republican leaders might include in a health plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Broaddus detailed the impact of ACA repeal on the number of uninsured Americans. Park analyzed possible proposals including eliminating the requirement that people have health insurance or pay a penalty, cutting subsidies to help people buy coverage, covering people with pre-existing conditions through high-risk pools, expanding health savings accounts, and allowing insurers to sell across state lines. Lueck discussed the impact of eliminating ACA market rules and other protections, including those for people with pre-existing conditions.
On family income support, Donna Pavetti critiqued four House bills that fail to address key weaknesses in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
On housing, Will Fischer warned that a House bill expanding the “Moving to Work” demonstration would allow harmful changes to rental assistance programs.
On food assistance, Dottie Rosenbaum highlighted new data showing that SNAP caseloads have fallen by more than 3 million people in the last three years.
On state budgets and taxes, Liz McNichol explained that the estate tax is a key tool for states to reduce inequality and build broadly shared prosperity.
On the economy, we highlighted Jared Bernstein’s Washington Post piece urging Congress to allow Puerto Rico to restructure its debt. We also updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession.