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This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, federal taxes, and the economy.

  • On health care, Judith Solomon noted that the GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacing it would leave the individual health insurance market in disarray, do little to help people losing their coverage, and leave 30 million more uninsured.  Tara Straw highlighted that in seven states more than 1 million people would lose insurance.  Our new state-by-state fact sheets reveal the anticipated impact on states when they lose federal funding and pay more in uncompensated care.  Sarah Lueck pointed to a new study from the Urban Institute revealing that even a delayed repeal would cause immediate harm to states’ individual health insurance markets and reduce people’s access to coverage.  Paul Van de Water discredited the claim that Medicare is going bankrupt, and showed us how the ACA significantly improved Medicare’s finances.
  • On federal taxes, Chuck Marr showed that the GOP “Better Way” tax plan overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and that Republican “small business” tax cuts aren’t primarily for small businesses.  He also showed how expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) could replace income that workers have lost in recent decades.  Roxy Caines provided the latest on CBPP’s “Get It Back Campaign”: a video explaining the EITC’s numerous benefits in 74 seconds.  Chye-Ching Huang examined the failure of the Arthur Laffer-inspired tax cuts in Kansas, and warned similar outcomes could arise under the proposed Trump tax cuts.
  • On the economy, we updated our Policy Basics:  How Many Weeks of Unemployment Compensation Are Available? for eligible workers across the country.  We also updated our chart book on the economic legacy of the Great Recession.

Chart of the Week:

A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:


Obamacare repeal could be biggest 2017 tax cut for wealthy
Politico
December 8, 2016


Republicans have a clear plan to cut Medicare — but they may not go through with it
Vox
December 6, 2016


Ben Carson Tapped as HUD Secretary
NPR
December 5, 2016


Trump’s tax paradox: Middle America won’t benefit as much as coastal elites
CNBC
December 5, 2016

 

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