This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, state budgets and taxes, the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, housing, and the economy.
On health care, Hannah Katch affirmedthat the House Republican bill’s proposal to convert Medicaid into a per capita cap or block grant threatens coverage for all Medicaid beneficiaries. Edwin Park cautioned that a reported Senate change to the proposal could actually deepen the bill’s cuts to Medicaid.
Aviva Aron-Dine, Matt Broaddus, Edwin Park, and Tara Straw summarized the findings of two new CBPP papers: one by Broaddus and Park debunking the claim that phasing down federal funding for the Medicaid expansion more slowly would enable states to continue their expansions, and one by Straw warning that expansion enrollees losing coverage due to the bill would face high barriers to obtaining coverage in the individual market. Aron-Dine cautioned that a reported Senate “compromise” on the expansion would have almost the same effect as the House bill.
Aron-Dine warned that Anthem’s withdrawal from Ohio’s insurance marketplace makes the consequences of marketplace sabotage even starker. Jesse Cross-Call outlined how the House bill would undermine Medicaid’s critical role in rural America.
On state budgets and taxes, Nick Johnson praised Kansas lawmakers’ bipartisan vote to largely undo the state’s failed tax cut experiment and stressed the important lessons for federal and state policymakers.
On the federal budget and taxes, Jacob Leibenluft pointed out that despite President Trump’s rhetoric around rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, his policies would undermine our ability to do so. We updated our tax brief explaining how the GOP tax plan would emulate the failed Kansas tax cut experiment.
On food assistance, Brynne Keith-Jenningspresentedan interactive map showing how SNAP (formerly food stamps) helps low-wage workers in every state.
On housing, Anna Bailey listedseveral ways in whichPresident Trump’s budget would worsen homelessness. Lissette Flores reported that the budget would eliminate several block grants that help communities build affordable rental housing and repair and improve infrastructure.
On the economy, we updated our chartbook on the legacy of the Great Recession.