This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, food assistance, and the economy.
On health care, we explained that the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would end Medicaid as we know it, with even deeper cuts than the House-passed version of the bill. Jesse Cross-Call, Tara Straw, Arloc Sherman, and Matt Broaddus highlighted how the Senate bill would be particularly harmful to rural America. We illustrated how the GOP’s proposed Medicaid per capita cap would shift costs to the states.
Aviva Aron-Dine noted the weaknesses in the GOP’s latest effort to discredit the Congressional Budget Office’s health coverage estimates. Sarah Lueck warned that the Senate health bill’s six-month waiting period penalty for people with gaps in coverage would lock people out of coverage while providing little benefit to the risk pool. Judith Solomon explained that while the Senate health bill encourages expansion of home- and community-based services, its Medicaid cuts would likely limit them.
On food assistance, Elizabeth Wolkomir pointed to Georgetown Law Professor Peter Edelman and Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s Time op-ed about the vital role that SNAP (formerly food stamps) has played in reducing food insecurity and lifting millions out of poverty.
On the economy, we updated our chart book on the legacy of the Great Recession and our backgrounder on the number of weeks of unemployment benefits available in each state.