This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, family income support, housing, and the economy.
On health care, Shelby Gonzales examined Trump Administration actions to reduce outreach efforts in the final week of open enrollment for marketplace health coverage as she kicked off our blog series tracking policy or process changes that are designed to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Sarah Lueck explained that repealing the ACA would destabilize the individual insurance market and lead to millions more becoming uninsured. Edwin Park, Chuck Marr, Brandon DeBot, and Chye-Ching Huang found that the Health Savings Accounts proposed in the Cassidy-Collins ACA replacement plan would greatly expand tax-sheltering opportunities for high-income people while doing little to help low- and moderate-income people afford health insurance. Hannah Katch detailed why Medicaid incentives are poor state investments. Judith Solomon testified before the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Medicaid’s role in providing Home- and Community-Based Services for millions of vulnerable individuals.
On the federal budget and taxes, Robert Greenstein warned that President Trump’s budget may feature unprecedented cuts and provide tax breaks for the wealthy. We rounded up our recent analyses detailing how ACA repeal would be bad tax policy and deliver a huge tax cut to the top.
On food assistance, Dottie Rosenbaum and Brynne-Keith Jennings used our national and state-by-state SNAP interactive graphics to show that SNAP has responded to the economy, as designed.
On housing, Douglas Rice cautioned that vouchers for more than 100,000 families would be unfunded under a continuing resolution that freezes voucher funding for 2017 at last year’s level.
On family income support, Ife Floyd explained that TANF cash benefits are insufficient and leave family incomes below half the poverty line in every state.
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.