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Blog | September 2014

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.
Sep 29, 2014 | Health Care

Congress Quietly Acts to Improve Medicare

Congress might not be too popular these days, but quietly a week and a half ago, they passed a small but important bill that could pave the way for...
Sep 29, 2014 | Budget Process

Is Fair-Value Accounting Fairer?

Few topics elicit more yawns than a deep dive into accounting standards. Yet, there may be good reasons to grab a cup of coffee and pay attention to...
Sep 29, 2014

Judd Gregg: Medicare Shortfall Demands Attention

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking member...
Sep 25, 2014 | Taxes

Finding Consensus on Tax Reform

Despite partisan differences in Washington, there's actually considerable bipartisan consensus around many elements of tax reform. That's the...
Sep 24, 2014 | Health Care

Lame Duck Session Could Get Lamer

Some lawmakers appear poised to push an unpaid-for permanent "doc fix" during this year's lame-duck session of Congress, potentially adding...
Sep 24, 2014 | Taxes

Lew Takes On Inversions

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew proposed administrative rules this week that would limit the benefits of tax inversions, where companies move their...
Sep 24, 2014 | Health Care

New Bipartisan Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

A new bipartisan bill seeks to drive down prescription drug costs for consumers and the federal government. The Fair Access for Safe and Timely...
Sep 23, 2014

Spending on Children Compromised Unless We Address Entitlement Programs and the Debt

The Urban Institute last week released its eighth annual Kids’ Share report summarizing data and trends in federal, state, and local spending...
Sep 22, 2014 | Social Security

Ideas to Reduce Fraud in the Disability System

As we have been reporting, many reforms to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program could improve its effectiveness, fairness, and...
Sep 19, 2014 | Other Spending

War Spending Shouldn't Become a Slush Fund

The resolution setting next year's budget continues this year's levels of war spending, despite the fact that the federal government was...