This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health, the federal budget and federal taxes, and the economy.
On food assistance, Robert Greenstein stated that President Trump’s SNAP (food stamps) proposal would cost many of the nation’s poorest their food aid. Ed Bolen noted that the proposal restricts states’ ability to provide SNAP benefits to those struggling to find a steady job.
On health, Aviva Aron-Dine pointed out that bills that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would do much the same damage as a judge’s recent decision to strike down the law. Paul N. Van de Water showed how the decision would undermine Medicare. Jennifer Wagner commented that Arkansas’ Medicaid waiver is taking coverage away from eligible people as predicted. Halley Cloud noted that ACA enrollment remains strong despite significant headwinds. We updated our Sabotage Watch tracker of efforts to undermine the ACA and our brief on how taking away Medicaid for not meeting work requirements harms children.
On the federal budget and federal taxes, Joel Friedman explained how the threat of a government shutdown puts 2019 policy improvements at risk. Brendan Duke warned that the 2017 tax law’s pass-through deduction could weaken wages and workplace standards, and summarized those findings in a post. Roderick Taylor called on the new Congress to fund the IRS and refocus the agency’s enforcement priorities.