This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, and food assistance.
On health care, Matt Broaddus and Edwin Park highlighted the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s historic coverage gains. Our state-by-state interactive illustrated how ACA repeal would undermine these gains and leave many more uninsured. Sarah Lueck explained that the Republican approach to repeal means millions will lose pre-existing condition protections. Anna Bailey noted that despite the newly signed Cures Act, Medicaid remains the major source of funding for states to treat mental illness and substance use disorders. Shelby Gonzales remindedconsumers to enroll in marketplace plans for coverage that starts on January 1.
On the federal budget and taxes, Richard Kogan and David Reich found that House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price’s proposals to change the budget process would harm key programs aimed at moderate- and low-income families and favor tax breaks for the wealthy. Chye-Ching Huang and Paul Van de Water used new Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center data to show that millionaires would receive most of the tax cuts from repealing the ACA. Chloe Cho’s state-by-state look at repealing the estate tax demonstrated that only the wealthiest few Americans would benefit. We excerpted Jared Bernstein’s Washington Post op-ed listing why policymakers shouldn’t cut taxes.
On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol analyzed how states can use tax policy to stop increasing inequality and start reducing it, and our state-by-state fact sheets reveal the striking concentration of incomes among the wealthiest residents in every state.
On food assistance, Dottie Rosenbaum and Ed Bolen explained why reports claiming the alleged success of reimposing a three-month time limit on SNAP in Kansas and Maine are misleading.