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Welcome to our blog – The Bottom Line, where you’ll find up-to-date commentary and analysis on the most important news in the fiscal world. Below is a list of our blog posts.

Jan 12, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Budget Will Be Difficult to Balance Without ACA Savings

For the past three years, Republicans have proposed budgets with a goal of achieving balance within the next decade. However, that goal will be much...
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Jan 11, 2017 | Health Care

Amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution Regarding the ACA Would Promote Fiscal Responsibility

Last week, the Senate began consideration of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget resolution, which is primarily being used to create a legislative...
Jan 11, 2017 | Other Spending

Senator Flake Releases "Wastebook: PORKémon Go" to Catch Federal Waste

Hoping to “catch egregious spending lurking in federal budgets,” Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released Wastebook: PORKémon Go yesterday,...
Jan 10, 2017 | Health Care

Repeal and Delay Shouldn't Increase Near-Term Deficits

Last week, we estimated that repealing the Affordable Care Act's ("Obamacare" or "ACA") revenue and coverage provisions would...
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Jan 6, 2017 | Health Care

Full Repeal of Obamacare Would Hasten Medicare's Insolvency

Earlier this week, we released a report estimating the cost full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, and the savings...
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Jan 6, 2017 | Other Spending

Appropriations Watch: FY 2017

The government is currently being funded by a continuing resolution (CR), passed in December 2016, through April 28, 2017. On January 12, 2017, the...
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Jan 5, 2017 | Health Care

Different Approaches to ACA Repeal have Different Costs and/or Savings

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal Washington Wire...
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Jan 5, 2017 | Health Care

Video: Cost of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

Newsy Newslook made a handy video for USA Today explaining our new report on the cost of repealing the Affordable Care Act. The report shows full...
Jan 3, 2017 | Health Care

Chairman Enzi Introduces FY 2017 Budget Resolution Providing for ACA Repeal in Senate

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2017 today narrowly focused on repealing the...
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Jan 3, 2017 | Taxes

Lowering the Bar for "Revenue Neutral" Tax Reform

One of the key questions of comprehensive tax reform will be its budgetary target.  Congressional leaders have set a revenue-neutral target,...