Curated by Rosana Garcia
The recent release of Senate and House Budgets in Congress has generated a lot of buzz in health care circles.
Both the Senate and House have their own budget; since both bodies have a Republican majority, the GOP controls the budget process in Congress. The Senate Budget is known as the Enzi Budget Plan, named after Senator Mike Enzi, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Similarly, the House Budget is known as the Price Budget Plan, named after Representative Tom Price, chair of the House Budget Committee (a role recently vacated by Representative Paul Ryan).
These budget plans are not final—the two documents will eventually have to become one finalized budget—but they do give us a good idea of what kinds of fights are on the horizon.
We’ve included links to trusted sources that discuss the potential implications of each budget:
- The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has collected all their analysis and commentary on these two budgets here.
- Jonathan Cohn (now at Huffington Post) writes: “House Republican Budget Could Double the Number of Uninsured”
- Ben D’Avanzo (at Families USA) blogs: “Budget Proposals Set the Stage for Cutting Access to Health Care. Again.”
- From Harry Stein and Anna Chu at the Center for American Progress: “Congressional Republican Leaders Claim to Support the Middle Class, but Their Budgets Only Work for the Wealthy Few”
- An editorial on “The House Budget Disaster”
- Jonathan Weisman reports “Senate Republicans Rebuff House Colleagues With Their Budget Plan”
- Paul Krugman weighs in on both the Senate and House budgets: “Trillion Dollar Fraudsters”
- And a chart detailing “How the Obama and Republican Budgets Compare”
- Comments from Connecticut’s Congressional delegation:
- Representative DeLauro Statement on the House Republican Budget
- Senator Blumenthal Decries GOP Budget, Talks Tactics (DC News Junkie at CT News Junkie)
- Senator Chris Murphy and Senate Dems Mark Affordable Care Act Anniversary, Decry GOP Efforts To Roll Back Progress