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This week on Off the Charts, we focused on health reform and the federal budget and taxes.

  • On health reform, Jesse Cross-Call reported that Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults remains extremely limited in states that haven’t adopted health reform’s Medicaid expansion. Matt Broaddus highlighted a study showing that people eligible for Medicaid as children earn more, and pay more in taxes, as adults.  Sarah Lueck noted that fewer people skipped needed health care because of its cost or reported trouble paying medical bills in 2014, when health reform’s major coverage expansions took effect.
  • On the federal budget and taxes, we excerpted Robert Greenstein’s statement and our analysis on the President’s capital gains tax proposals, and Greenstein affirmed that the President’s proposal to streamline tax credits for higher education would help middle-class families. Bryann DaSilva explained why permanently extending key parts of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit should be a top priority for Congress.  Chuck Marr pointed to bipartisan support in Congress for expanding the EITC for childless workers.  We also highlighted a new paper answering frequently asked questions on budget “reconciliation.”

This week, Robert Greenstein released a statement on the President’s tax proposals.   We released papers on the budget reconciliation process, the “Moving to Work” housing demonstration, and the President’s capital gains tax proposals.  We also updated our backgrounder on the Earned Income Tax Credit.

CBPP’s Chart of the Week – From Our Paper on the President’s Capital Gains Tax Proposals


A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:

Rand Paul says “over half” of people on disability have anxiety or a bad back. Nope.
January 22, 2015

How Capital Gains Taxes Will Pay For Obama’s Middle-Class Economic Push
Wisconsin Public Radio
January 21, 2015

Obama's Wealth Gap Tax Fix: Who Wins and Who Loses?
NBC News
January 20, 2015

Obama’s proposal to raise the capital gains tax drives sharp wedge between parties
Washington Post
January 20, 2015

White House Rolls Out Tax Proposals Before State Of The Union Address
January 19, 2015

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