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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.

Dec 11, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Updated: Summarizing the Ryan-Murray Deal

Update: See our full analysis of the deal here On December 10th, Budget Committee chairmen Patty Murray and Paul Ryan announced an agreement to set...
Dec 11, 2013 | Health Care

3-Month SGR Fix Proposed

With the end of the year fast-approaching and the looming prospect of a 24 percent cut to Medicare physician payments on January 1, the House of...
Dec 10, 2013 | Budget Process

Lawmakers Must Abide by PAYGO...Here's Why

In recent weeks, we've used our blog to call for strict adherence to pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) principles for extending emergency unemployment benefits,...
Dec 9, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Could Postal Reform Be in a Budget Deal?

As budget talks continue, negotiators could turn to postal reform for budgetary savings.The United States Postal Service is currently in bankruptcy,...
Dec 9, 2013 | Health Care

Why Do Doctors Choose a $2,000 Drug Over a $50 One? $117

A good piece in the Washington Post over the weekend takes a look at why Medicare physicians continue to use an expensive drug to help prevent...
Dec 9, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Will the Budget Deal Raise User Fees?

As the budget conference committee continues its work on finding a bipartisan solution to replacing a portion of the sequester with better targeted...
Dec 9, 2013

MY VIEW: Maya MacGuineas

While we continue to hope for a substantial budget deal that would address our long-term fiscal problems, it looks like a smaller deal is more likely...
Dec 6, 2013 | Budgets & Projections

Are Retirement Savings in the Budget Deal?

The budget conference committee is rumored to be close to a deal that includes changes to federal retirement programs, increasing the share that...
Dec 6, 2013 | Health Care

Health Care's Black Friday Sale

Earlier this year, we discussed how the prospects for a permanent fix to the Sustainable Growth Rate formula had improved given CBO's dramatic...

Could PBGC Premiums Be Part of a Budget Deal?

With Budget chairs Ryan and Murray apparently close to a deal, they may turn to PBGC premiums as a way to raise money without increasing taxes.For...