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Blog | October 2009

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.
Oct 27, 2009 | Health Care

Romer on Health Care Reform and the Budget Deficit

Yesterday, Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer spoke at the Center for American Progress on Health Care Reform and the Budget Deficit....
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Oct 26, 2009 | Health Care| Taxes

Understanding the Health Insurance Excise Tax

The health care reform bill recently passed by the Senate Finance Committee relies on a $200 billion health insurance tax to help fund the costs of...
Oct 26, 2009 | Taxes

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:The Wall Street Journal criticized Congress for attacking...
Oct 26, 2009 | Economics

Over 100 Banks Closed in 2009

On Friday evening, the FDIC reported that it has taken over an additional seven banks (First DuPage Bank, Riverview Community Bank, Bank of Elmwood,...
Oct 23, 2009

More About Those Stimulus Ideas...

Update: Yesterday evening, Senators voted 87-13 to cut off debate to the unemployment insurance bill, which prevented the consideration of...
Oct 22, 2009 | Budgets & Projections

A New TARP Program for Community Banks

The Administration has just announced a new small business lending initiative under the Treasury’s TARP. According to a White House release,...

President Signs $121 Billion Farm Bill

Yesterday, President Obama signed the Agriculture Appropriations bill into law. The $121 billion measure includes $58 billion for food stamps -- a 7...
Oct 22, 2009 | Health Care

Update on Senate “Doc Fix” Legislation

The Medicare physician payment bill (S 1776) sponsored by Senator Stabenow was defeated yesterday by a Senate vote of 47-53, as twelve Democrats...
Oct 21, 2009 | Economics

Beige Book Results

Today, the Fed released its latest Beige Book, with each Fed bank reporting on current economic conditions within its district. Reports from Fed...

Healthcare Savings Likely to be Eclipsed by Stimulus Extensions

Forbes had a piece Monday by Alex Brill and Amy Roden of the American Enterprise Institute about the potential for stimulus programs to expand...

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