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View Diary: Cut in Food Stamps Targets Benefits Paid in Northeast, West Coast + Mich, Mont, Wisc & DC (79 comments)

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  •  The CRS report linked in the article suggested (0+ / 0-)

    the possibility that some SNAP applicants may have been overpaid benefits if they were given a deduction for heating costs they didn't actually incur. An example cited in the report mentioned renters who don't pay for heat or utilities separately.  

    It's ironic that there would interest in Congress in closing this "loophole" but not the Medicare expansion loophole that leaves millions of low income Americans at risk because of the cost of medical care.

    The estimate of 850,000 SNAP recipients who would be affected by this legislation is based on assumptions.  

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 05:16:11 PM PST

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    •  As we know, Mark... (1+ / 0-)
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      the Repubs will jump to close loopholes if they think that one miserable person somewhere is getting one penny more than what he or she "deserve".  But if the loophole is keeping people from getting help that they really do  "deserve", the loophole can stay open forever.

      •  In deal-making one loophole wouldn't be closed (1+ / 0-)
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        without the other.  The $8 billion in savings from SNAP could be applied to provide medical care for the people in the Medicaid loophole.

        There is no existence without doubt.

        by Mark Lippman on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:02:36 PM PST

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