CBO Releases Score on Republican Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Mar 15, 2017

On Monday, CBO released their report on the Republican proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The report confirmed what Democrats knew all along. The Republican bill would cause millions of Americans lose insurance and cause the cost of insurance to rise for many. This report estimates that 24 million Americans would lose their health coverage by 2026 and the bill would substantially raise insurance premiums for older workers. CBO report shows in a clear, shocking way the Republican plan jeopardizes for the American people insurance vital for their health, and often their lives. All of this pain comes as the Republican bill would provide a $600 billion tax cut to corporations and wealthy individuals.

During the mark-up, Rep. Levin introduced an amendment which calls for any Affordable Care Act repeal legislation to have a public score from the CBO available seven days prior to committee consideration.  The amendment was rejected along party lines. It is now clear why they wanted to pass through committee before the CBO score came out.

Important Tax Filing Deadlines Next Month
The deadline for filing your 2016 federal tax return is Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  As a reminder, when you file taxes this year, if for any reason you hadn’t filed a tax return for 2013, the deadline for doing so expires on April 18 as well.  The law provides most taxpayers a three-year period to claim a refund.

There are an estimated 33,600 taxpayers in Michigan who did not file a 2013 federal income tax return.  Do not leave your hard earned money unclaimed. Remember, there’s no penalty for filing a late return if you’re due a refund.  If you do not file a return by the April 18th deadline this year, your refund becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury.

House Passes NASA Authorization Bill
Last week, the House passed S.442, the NASA Authorization Act which would authorize $19.5 billion for the programs of NASA. This is a $200 million increase from the previous year. The bill will provide continued funding levels to sustain and expand existing NASA programs, like the Spitzer Space Telescope. We’ve learned so much from programs like the Spitzer Space Telescope which just discovered 7 Earth-sized planets which would be suitable for life. Located 40 light-years (235 trillion miles) from Earth, these planets set a record for the greatest number of habitable planets found around a single star outside our solar system. It is likely that up to three of these planets have liquid water. It is critical we continue to fully fund NASA. The bill has already passed the Senate and now moves to the President for signature.

Rep. Levin Joins in Honoring Detroit River’s Role in Underground Railroad
Rep. Levin joined Rep. Conyers, Dingell, Kildee, and Lawrence in introducing a resolution honoring the Detroit River’s role in the Underground Railroad network (H.Res. 158).  Thousands bravely travelled north to Canada, many guided to Detroit, a critical last stop in the journey to freedom.  The resolution is a celebration of the Detroit River’s central role in history as we head into the 16-year commemoration of the International Underground Railroad Memorial Monument in October 2017.

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week:
The House will consider legislation opposed by a coalition of retired admirals and generals including Admiral Thad Allen, Army Gen. Michael Hayden, and Army Gen. Wesley Clark that could put mentallly ill veterans in harm’s way by allowing easy access to firearms (H.R. 1181). The bill would undermine important workers’ protections at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (H.R. 1259), and legislation designed to increase authority for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to hire physicians.