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BEYOND THE NUMBERS
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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, state budgets, health policy, and low-income housing policy.
Richard Kogan demonstrated that the Ryan budget bears little resemblance to last summer’s bipartisan Budget Control Act, and Jim Horney cautioned that the Ryan budget’s large cut in certain mandatory (entitlement) programs would have a serious impact on safety-net programs.
LaDonna Pavetti rebutted Chairman Ryan’s claim that welfare reform should be a model for changes to other low-income programs, and Dottie Rosenbaum noted that millions of people would lose part or all of their SNAP (food stamp) benefits under the Ryan plan.
Paul Van de Water explained that converting Medicare to a premium support system would harm beneficiaries and produce few savings, while Edwin Park exploded the myth that the Medicare drug benefit’s lower-than-expected costs show that adopting premium support would produce savings.
Park also explained that the Ryan budget’s Medicaid changes would reduce or eliminate health coverage for millions.
We also posted a roundup of all of our Ryan-related analyses from the week.
We also featured Paul Van de Water’s media conference call with former Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag and economist Uwe Reinhardt on health reform’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
In other news, we released Robert Greenstein’s statement on Chairman Ryan’s budget and reports on various aspects of the budget: analysis of the budget’s long-term impact, its cuts to low-income programs, its cuts to SNAP, its Medicare proposal, and its tax proposals.
We also released reports on the President’s proposal to raise minimum rents in federal housing programs and the impact of repealing state income taxes, and we held a media briefing on whether Congress should repeal IPAB.