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Senate Finance Revives Costly Tax Breaks

July 28, 2015

Like zombies, more than 50 expired tax provisions came back from the dead last week when the Senate Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly to renew them for this year and next -- without

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First Budget Seeks Specifics From 2016 Candidates

July 21, 2015

Iowa voters can play a critical role in encouraging the presidential candidates to explain how they would deal with the $18 trillion federal debt, according to a guest column this week in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

“Voters deserve to hear more than empty promises and simplistic solutions,” write Sara Imhof and Kim Reem. Both are involved in First Budget, a joint initiative of The Concord Coalition and Fix the Debt.

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Lawmakers Should Not Block Medicare Payment Reforms

July 14, 2015

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a mandatory change in the way Medicare will pay providers of hip and knee replacements. The change will bundle such payments so that one fee pays for the doctor, hospital, device and rehab that goes along with the replacement surgery, instead of through discrete payments under the current fee-for-service system.

This is the first instance of HHS using authority from the Affordable Care Act to scale up a new method of payment based on positive results from payment-reform experiments.