This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, poverty and inequality, state budgets and taxes, and food assistance.
On health care, Jacob Leibenluft, Edwin Park, Judy Solomon, and Aviva Aron-Dine explained that House Republicans’ new talking points confirm that they’ll seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without putting forward a real replacement and to radically overhaul Medicaid. Aron-Dine and Park explained that the Trump Administration’s new proposed rule on health care would hurt millions of moderate-income families by raising premiums, out-of-pocket costs, or both. Sarah Lueck detailed several ways that the rule would weaken the individual health insurance market. Paul Van de Water highlighted the Congressional Budget Office’s latest projections estimating that health spending is falling, even including the ACA’s costs. Jesse Cross-Call urged the federal government to reject Arizona’s proposal to place a five-year lifetime limit on Medicaid coverage for adults under 65 who don’t have a disability. Shelby Gonzales outlined three steps that consumers may need to take to stay covered and secure access to medical care. Tara Straw noted that the individual mandate remains in effect, so taxpayers should continue to report their health insurance coverage status. Jessica Schubel cautioned against making maternity coverage optional. We launched our Sabotage Watch timeline to track efforts to undermine the ACA.
On poverty and inequality, Isaac Shapiro, Danilo Trisi, and Raheem Chaudhry highlighted the safety net’s critical role in the economic security of adults lacking bachelor’s degrees and explained that cutting these programs and repealing the ACA would leave this group at risk.
On state budgets and taxes, Elizabeth McNichol and Erica Williams pointed to lessons that states can learn from energy-producing states’ fiscal woes that would help prevent them from making short-sighted fiscal decisions. Michael Mazerov warned that Michigan lawmakers’ plan to phase out the income tax would force cuts to essential services and fail to help the state’s economy, as Kansas’ experience has demonstrated.
On food assistance, we updated our paper on WIC’s competitive bidding process.