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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.

Jun 19, 2012 | Health Care| Taxes

How the Supreme Court's Decision on Health Care Reform Could Affect the Budget

It is no secret to those following the news that the Supreme Court will soon make a decision on the constitutionality of pieces of the Affordable...
Jun 19, 2012

Line Items: Deadlines and Deadlock Edition

Playing Dead – Lawmakers face several deadlines in coming weeks as the number of days that Congress will be in session dwindles. Deadlines loom...
Jun 18, 2012 | Social Security

Debating Social Security Fixes

The AARP has just released a helpful new paper considering the pros and cons of different options to reform Social Security. Our fiscal outlook in...
Jun 18, 2012

MY VIEW: Judd Gregg

Former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) has an op-ed in The Hill this morning titled, "Lawmakers Haven't Run Out of Time to Craft a Bipartisan Deficit...
Jun 15, 2012 | Taxes

Options for Reforming the Charitable Deduction

The Urban Institute has a new report on the charitable deduction (co-authored by CRFB board member Eugene Steuerle) that details some options for...
Jun 15, 2012 | Health Care

MedPAC's Prescriptions for Medicare

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its June 2012 report, detailing ways in which Congress can improve Medicare to better...
Jun 14, 2012 | Taxes

Note to Congress: Pay for the Extenders, or Let Them Expire

A POLITICO article reports on an effort underway at the Senate Finance Committee to negotiate an extension of the "tax extenders," narrow...
Jun 14, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Targeting Tobacco: The Budgetary Effects of a Cigarette Tax Increase

CBO's latest report details the full effects on the federal budget of raising the federal excise tax on cigarettes. As they would when analyzing any...
Jun 13, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Deficit On Track to Shrink Compared to Last Year

Although budget projections had already been showing this, we now have more definitive numbers from the Treasury Department that this year's deficit...
Jun 13, 2012 | Health Care

Good News for Health Spending?

Actuaries at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services have published a new report detailing their projections for health care spending growth...
Jun 12, 2012 | Other Spending

Line Items: Zombie Edition

Undead Ends – Recent reports of disturbing behavior have raised the specter of a zombie apocalypse, where the undead overrun civilization....
Jun 12, 2012

Deloitte Releases Report on the Federal Debt

Today, the consulting firm Deloitte released a report on the scope and consequences of our federal debt. Deloitte, like the majority of researchers,...
Jun 12, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Introducing CRFB's Latest Long Term Realistic Baseline

With the release of CBO's Long-Term Budget Outlook last week, CRFB has updated the Realistic Baseline to incorporate elements of CBO's long-term...
Jun 11, 2012 | Taxes

A Good Way to Limit Tax Expenditures

The Tax Policy Center has released a new table showing the revenue impact of options to reform the mortgage interest deduction. The options shown all...
Jun 8, 2012 | Taxes

Things to Consider When Evaluating Tax Extenders

It is encouraging to see the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures hold a series of hearings on the many temporary tax...
Jun 8, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

The Drivers: Health Care Cost Growth and Population Aging

In our recent analysis of CBO's Long-Term Budget Outlook, we elaborated on how the overall federal debt is on an unsustainable path. Just twelve...
Jun 7, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Senators Meet To Discuss Fiscal Cliff

Earlier this week, about a third of the Senate met to open a bipartisan discussion about comprehensive fiscal reform and the impending fiscal cliff...
Jun 7, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

Economics of the Long Term Outlook

CBO's Long Term Outlook includes a number of variables on how the budget would look over the next 75 years. But they also show how the economy would...
Jun 7, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

MY VIEW: David Walker

In Tuesday’s The Hill, former Comptroller General David Walker calls for a process that would lead to a comprehensive debt reform deal in 2013...
Jun 6, 2012 | Budgets & Projections

CBO's Long Term Spending and Revenues

The CBO’s long-term projections offer an interesting look at future revenues and spending that show the stark implications of fiscal...

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