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July 23, 2014

A Separate Tax System for the Powerful - Howard Gleckman, TaxVox

Unlike the rest of us, many high-income, influential people and organizations have close to a free hand when it comes to their taxes. Already underfunded and understaffed, the IRS ...

July 22, 2014

New Yorkers Aren't Fleeing High Taxes - Henry Decker, National Memo

For years, conservatives have argued against attempts to raise taxes on the most affluent Americans by warning that it will cause the wealthy to flee to other states with lower rat...

July 22, 2014

Making Medicare Advantage Efficient - Austin Frakt, New York Times

Medicare Advantage plans — private plans that serve as alternatives to the traditional, public program — have been growing in popularity. One reason is that they o...

July 19, 2014

International Tobacco Taxation Handbook - Arthur Laffer, Laffer Center

As excise taxes become increasingly important throughout the world, Dr. Arthur Laffer today released his international tobacco tax handbook, cautioning that “one size does no...

July 19, 2014

We Need a New Budget Process - Kent Conrad & Judd Gregg, Roll Call

Since ratification of the constitutional authority given to Congress to tax and spend in 1788, our government has struggled to manage the federal budget. After numerous failed budg...

July 17, 2014

The Risks of a Balanced Budget Amendment - Richard Kogan, CBPP

A balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution would be a highly ill-advised way to address the nation’s long-term fiscal problems.  It would threaten significant ...

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July 16, 2014

Does the Budget Control Act Need a Tune-Up? - CRFB

July 16, 2014

Two Reasons Not to Panic About the Budget - Dean Baker, CEPR

The deficit hawks will undoubtedly find much to hype in the latest long-term projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). After all, they move forward by a year to 2030 ...

July 16, 2014

CBO vs. OMB: Two Very Different Debt Projections - e21

Growing federal debt still looms large over long-term budget projections. On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook, which ...

July 15, 2014

Long-Term Debt Isn't Improving Much - Robert Bixby, Concord Coalition

With the economy continuing its slow recovery, the administration’s Mid-Session Review budget projections released on Friday show little change in the overall outlo...

July 14, 2014

The Medicaid Paralysis - Robert Samuelson, Washington Post

The White House recently put out a 40-page report arguing that the 24 states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") are hurting...

July 11, 2014

The House Wants to Give Businesses a $276B 'Bonus' - Steve Wamhoff, CTJ

On Friday, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a $276 billion bill that would make permanent “bonus depreciation.” This huge tax break for business inv...

July 9, 2014

SSDI: A Bedrock of Security for Workers - Vallas & Fremstad, CAP

Imagine that tomorrow, while cleaning out your gutters, you fall off a ladder. You suffer a traumatic brain injury and spinal cord damage, leaving you paralyzed, unable to speak, a...

July 8, 2014

Newt Gingrich Predicted Medicare's Future - Austin Frakt, New York Times

On Oct. 24, 1995, Newt Gingrich made an assertion about what would happen to Medicare if its beneficiaries could choose between it and private plans. Medicare is “g...

July 8, 2014

Where's the Annual Social Security Report? - Jagadeesh Gokhale, Cato

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has announced his intention to sue President Obama for “failure to faithfully follow the nation’s laws” by taking extra-legal executive ac...

July 1, 2014

Analyzing the Tax Provisions in Obama's Budget - Elaine Maag et al., TPC

This document reviews several notable tax proposals in President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 Budget. These include expanding the earned income tax credit (EITC) for workers without ...

June 28, 2014

Stabilize the Debt: Budget Simulator - CRFB

Everyone has an opinion on what should be done about America's finances. Here's your chance to try out your ideas....

June 28, 2014

Kansas's Highly Problematic Tax Cut - Josh Barro, New York Times

Kansas has a problem. In April and May, the state planned to collect $651 million from personal income tax. But instead, it received only $369 million....

June 27, 2014

Cuts in IRS Budget Weaken Enforcement - Marr & Friedman, CBPP

House and Senate appropriators have begun considering the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget, which is part of the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill....

June 23, 2014

Medicare Cracks Down on Patient Injuries - Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News

A quarter of the nation's hospitals in October will receive lower Medicare payments because their rates of patient complications are higher than their peers. Federal officials rele...

June 23, 2014

Taxation: How the U.S. Stacks Up - Kyle Pomerleau, Tax Foundation

A significant source of tax revenue for most countries comes from taxes on wage income through individual income taxes and payroll taxes. Most industrialized countries have progres...

June 18, 2014

Triggers: A Way to Control the Budget - Eugene Steuerle, e21

To apply the three principles of [a] "grand compromise," policymakers would have to change fundamentally the practice of federal budget making in very specific ways. Here are sever...

June 17, 2014

Make Social Security Solvent, or Hike Benefits? - Andrew Biggs, AEIdeas

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Begich (D-AK) have introduced the “Retirement and Income Security Enhancements Act,” the acronym for which comes out to – you guessed ...

June 16, 2014

A New Approach to Wasteful Spending - Cipriano & Boccia, RealClearPolicy

Handouts, duplication, and overlap are among the problems that lead to wasteful federal spending, says Heritage Foundation policy analyst Romina Boccia in a new paper.Is it po...

June 13, 2014

Medicare Growth Has Been Quite Low - Aaron Carroll, Incidental Economist

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how healthcare spending in 2014 has been increasing really fast. That’s due, in part, to the fact that we just massively expanded cove...

June 13, 2014

Obamacare's Medicaid Eligibility Nightmare - Josh Archambault, Forbes

Increased Medicaid enrollment has long been heralded as a rare “success” of the ObamaCare rollout. Recently, CMS released a new report boasting about increasing enrollment in...

June 10, 2014

What the New CMS Data Tell Us - Farzad Mostashari, Health Care Blog

Five years ago, my mother needed an orthopedic surgeon for a knee replacement. Unable to find any data, we went with an academic doctor that was recommended to us (she suffered sur...

June 10, 2014

Three Bills to Cut Small Business Taxes - Americans for Tax Reform

The U.S. House this week will consider three bills which would permanently cut taxes on small employers.  ATR is very supportive of each of these bills, and encourages pro-tax...

June 7, 2014

A Drug Switch That Could Save Medicare $18B - Adrianna McIntyre, Vox

Suppose Medicare pays for two drugs that do the same thing, but one drug is forty times more expensive than the other. Sounds like an easy target for savings, right?...

June 6, 2014

The ACA and Obama's Broken Tax Promise - John Kartch, ATR

Four million American taxpayers will be forced to pay the Obamacare individual mandate non-compliance tax in 2016, according to a newly released analysis by the Congressional Budge...

June 3, 2014

Hospital Charges and Medicare Spending By Region - CMS

June 2, 2014

Transition-Related Care is Basic Healthcare - James Esseks, ACLU

The big LGBT-news that the mainstream media is buzzing about this week is that transgender actress Laverne Cox became the first transgender person to grace the cover of TIME magaz...

May 28, 2014

When Medicaid Has Premiums, Enrollees Leave - Adrianna McIntyre, Vox

A few states aim to expand Medicaid on their own terms, and are exploring the idea of charging some enrollees a small premium for the public program....

May 27, 2014

How Tax Havens Complicate the U.S. Corporate Tax - Robert Pozen, RCM

The House of Representatives will soon vote on making permanent six temporary tax breaks for business, including the look-thru rule for CFCs (controlled foreign corporations). Alth...

May 22, 2014

The Corporate 'Inversions' Loophole - Chye-Ching Huang, CBPP

U.S. drug giant Pfizer’s recent effort to merge with much smaller United Kingdom-based AstraZeneca, and then convert itself into a “U.K. company” and av...

May 21, 2014

Social Security Definitely Adds to the Deficit - Andrew Biggs, AEIdeas

I’ve found myself in an increasingly nasty internet debate with LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzick, who seems to specialize in this kind of stuff. The argument is over progr...

May 19, 2014

Surgery: Medicaid vs. Private Insurance - Seth A. Waits et al., JAMA

Surgery patients covered by Medicaid generally enter the hospital for their surgeries in worse health, do worse afterward, stay in the hospital longer and find themselves back in t...

May 16, 2014

A Better Rule for Balancing the Budget - Matthew Mitchell, Mercatus

A negative externality arises when A’s actions impose costs on B without the latter’s consent. If a manufacturer is allowed to dump noxious byproducts into a river, imposing...

May 16, 2014

Improving Tax Fairness With a State EITC - ITEP

Virtually every state’s tax system is fundamentally unfair, requiring a much greater share of income from middle- and low-income families than from wealthy families. Nationwi...

May 14, 2014

When Republicans Compromise on Medicaid - Adrianna McIntyre, Vox

Most state decisions about whether to participate in Obamacare's Medicaid expansion have fallen along partisan lines. Nearly every state with a Democratic governor has opted to exp...

May 13, 2014

Measuring Low-Value Care in Medicare - Schwartz et al., JAMA

May 13, 2014

Part D Regulations Obama Shouldn't Have Dropped - Edwin Park, CBPP

In March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would not finalize certain aspects of proposed regulations related to the Medicare prescription drug b...

May 8, 2014

Missouri's Unfunded Tax Cuts - Citizens for Tax Justice

An anti-tax, Republican super majority in the Missouri Legislature claimed victory yesterday in a year-long battle with Gov. Jay Nixon over taxes by voting to override Nixon’...

May 7, 2014

We Must Address the Long-Term Budget - Kogan et al., CBPP

Under current budget policies, the nation’s fiscal outlook is stable for the rest of this decade and then worsens gradually, according to CBPP’s new long-term budget projection...

May 7, 2014

The $900 Billion Federal Health Spending Slowdown - CRFB

With April's updated projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), spending on major federal health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act's exc...

May 7, 2014

Progressives' Tax Revenue Problem - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

The Republican Party view on tax increases — none, ever, under any circumstances, for any purpose — is absurd in fairly obvious ways. And one consequence of its absurdi...

May 5, 2014

The 'Amazon Tax': Fairness or Targeting Success? - Neil Deininger, e21

In search of new sources of revenue to cover state budget deficits, many states have started collecting an “Amazon Tax.” When Florida started collecting sales tax through Amazo...

May 2, 2014

Sebelius's Threat to Cut Medicaid Funding - Joseph Antos, The American

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is threatening to cut federal payments to states that are not enrolling people into Medicaid quickly enough. If the administra...

April 29, 2014

Budget Cuts Affect Public Health - Diane Barnes, National Journal

A senior U.S. public-health official has taken a stand against his department's latest push to cut federal funds to an array of medical-readiness initiatives....

March 23, 2012

How Ryan Sold His Plan

March 23, 2012

Boehner: House Will Pass Budget

March 22, 2012

Plan Squeaks By Committee

March 22, 2012

President Slams Ryan's Budget

March 21, 2012

The Budget Wars Are Back

March 21, 2012

Ryan Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough for Some Conservatives

March 20, 2012


March 20, 2012

Plan Would Slash Taxes

March 20, 2012

GOP Wants to Play Up Tax Reofrm

March 20, 2012

A Sharp Contrast With Obama