This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget and taxes, housing, food assistance, and the economy.
On health care, Edwin Park analyzed the health policies supported by President-elect Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary — House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price — and showed how his proposals to block grant Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act would slash federal funding, leave millions more uninsured, and severely weaken health coverage. Hannah Katch explained that restructuring Medicaid into a block grant would hamper states’ flexibility to innovate, while sharply cutting their federal funding. Paul N. Van de Water highlighted Medicare’s successful guarantee of health care for seniors and people with disabilities in the New York Times and noted that radically restructuring it is neither necessary nor desirable.
On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr pointed to contradictions between Treasury Secretary Nominee Steven Mnuchin’s assertions that the upper class will not receive an absolute tax cut and President-elect Trump’s tax plan, which would provide a massive tax cut for upper-income taxpayers. Chye-Ching Huang, Paul N. Van de Water, Richard Kogan, and David Kamin found that President-elect Trump’s infrastructure plan delivers far less investment than it claims and neglects vital projects communities need, while providing huge tax breaks for private investors.
On housing, Douglas Rice cautioned that more than 100,000 families could lose housing assistance if policymakers did not provide a substantial funding boost to renew vouchers in 2017.
On food assistance, we illustrated how the three-month time limit affects unemployed adults without children on SNAP.
On the economy, we updated our Chart Book on the Legacy of the Great Recession and our backgrounder on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available in each state.
Chart of the Week: Medicaid Cuts Would Grow Over Time Under House Budget Committee Block Grant