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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.

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Mar 24, 2017 | Health Care

How Much Will the Essential Health Benefit Changes to AHCA Cost?

Yesterday, we showed the manager's amendment to the American Health Care Act (Obamacare replacement) would reduce its total deficit reduction from $...
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Mar 23, 2017 | Health Care

What CBO Says About the Updated AHCA

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released their updated score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) with the inclusion of manager's...
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Mar 23, 2017 | Health Care

What We Know About the “Third Prong” of the Republicans’ Health Care Plan

Update (3/27/2017): After publication, CBO released a score for H.R. 1215 - the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017. This blog has been updated to...
Bixby and MacGuineas
Mar 21, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Maya MacGuineas and Robert L. Bixby: Trump's "skinny budget" gets an incomplete

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, and Robert L. Bixby,...
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Mar 21, 2017 | Health Care

AHCA Manager's Amendments Will Likely Cut Deficit Reduction in Half

The House Rules Committee released two manager's amendments to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) late Monday evening in advance of their scheduled...
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Mar 20, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

AHCA Saves Money, But Could Make Getting to Balance Harder

Update (3/23/2017): These numbers are relevant for the original version of the American Health Care Act. An amended version was released on...
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Mar 20, 2017 | Health Care

Obamacare Replacement Could Save $2 Trillion Over Two Decades

Update (3/23/2017): These numbers are relevant for the original version of the American Health Care Act. An amended version was released on...
Mar 17, 2017

MacGuineas Explains the President's "Skinny Budget" and the Debt Ceiling on NBC and Fox

CRFB President Maya MacGuineas appeared on NBC and Fox News yesterday to discuss President Trump's new "skinny budget" and the debt limit. On...
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Mar 15, 2017 | Health Care

House Health Care Bill Would Accelerate Medicare Insolvency to 2023

Update (3/23/2017): These numbers are relevant for the original version of the American Health Care Act. An amended version was released on...
Mar 15, 2017 | Other Spending

Is it Time to Enact Postal Reform?

A bipartisan proposal aimed at putting the postal service on better financial ground has been gaining traction in recent weeks. The United States...
Mar 14, 2017 | Economics

Alice Rivlin: Don’t undermine the Congressional Budget Office. Use it.

Alice Rivlin is a former Director of the Congressional Budget Office and Office of Management and Budget. She currently is on the board of the...
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Mar 13, 2017 | Health Care

What CBO Says About the House Obamacare Replacement

Update (3/21/2017): These numbers are relevant for the original version of the American Health Care Act. An amended version was released on March 20...
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Mar 10, 2017 | Health Care| Taxes

House ACA Replacement Would Accelerate Medicare Insolvency

Update (3/21/2017): These numbers are relevant for the original version of the American Health Care Act. An amended version was released on March 20...
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Mar 9, 2017 | Health Care

What's in the GOP Obamacare Replacement Bill?

Update (3/21/2017): This description is relevant for the original version of the American Health Care Act. An amended version was released on March...
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Mar 8, 2017 | Taxes

How Much Does the House GOP Tax Plan Cost?

The tax reform conversation so far has mostly focused on House Republicans' "Better Way" Blueprint released last summer (we explain the plan in...
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Mar 7, 2017 | Health Care| Taxes

JCT: ACA Repeal Will Cut Taxes by At Least $600 Billion

In light of the House GOP releasing their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare"), the Joint Committee on...
Eugene Steuerle
Mar 6, 2017 | Taxes

Gene Steuerle: Before We Reform Tax Policy, We Need to Know What Is Working

Dr. Eugene (Gene) Steuerle is the Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute fellow at the Urban Institute and a member of the Committee for a Responsible...
Mar 6, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

Cutting the Smallest and Slowest Growing Part of the Budget

President Trump's March budget release will reportedly increase defense spending next year by $54 billion and cut non-defense spending by the...
CRFB C-Chair Leon Panetta on Face the Nation
Mar 6, 2017 | Budgets & Projections

CRFB Co-Chair Leon Panetta Tells Face the Nation We Must “Put Everything on the Table”

CRFB Co-Chair Leon Panetta was on Face the Nation on CBS this Sunday. Among a variety of topics, the former Secretary of Defense, Director of the...
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Mar 2, 2017 | Health Care

10 Ideas to Improve the House GOP Obamacare Replacement

Last week, a draft House GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") was leaked to several outlets, and...

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