Congressional Democrats attacked USA social safety net changes proposed by President Donald Trump in his 2020 budget plan, with a senior lawmaker on Tuesday saying Trump's cutbacks in programs such as Medicaid and food aid were "intended to do harm".
As explained by the Post, among the $8.6 billion that Trump seeks in his budget and money diverted through his National Emergency, the White House, "could complete at least 722 miles of barriers", at the border, enough to declare fulfilled his electoral promise.
Tricia Neuman of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation said the Medicare reductions in this year's budget are larger than what Trump proposed last year. It cuts $845 billion, nearly a trillion dollar cut in Medicare, and nearly a quarter trillion, $240 billion cut in Medicaid. Why?
As a candidate early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump held himself out as a different kind of Republican. The budget proposal also came at a time when Washington's spending is seen by many to be out of control, with interest payments running sky high.
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"On Medicare, we are actually putting it on a sounder footing", Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told House lawmakers Tuesday at a budget hearing. Currently, subsidies allow some people to qualify for plans without paying any monthly premium. CMS has already been busy approving Section 1115 demonstration waivers giving states more wiggle room in structuring Medicaid, including highly-controversial work requirements. "We should instead have one to protect the American working family rather than the 1 percent", Sen. The Trump administration predicts a savings of $130 billion over the next decade if Congress enacts the proposal. The Trump administration is promoting work mandates and has approved requests from eight states to add it to their programs.
If so, it's worth recalling that both are backers of Medicare for All-single-payer plans that would scrap today's private health insurance coverage as well as today's Medicare program for seniors and replace them with a new, government-run program covering all Americans. It also involves a revamp of Medicaid, a program for people with low income.
Even with little likelihood of coming law, pushback from provider groups was swift. The analysis from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) finds that the vast majority of the Medicare cuts in Trump's budget, released on Monday, are to payments to hospitals and doctors, not cuts to benefits for seniors on the program. The cost-saving covers some of the mandatory programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and programs on federal health care. "It is no time to gut Medicare". The National Institutes of Health, which conducts and supports medical research, would lose $4.5 billion in funding, another politically unpopular idea, though the Department of Veteran's Affairs would gain an additional $6.5 billion from the year before.
"These efforts would provide industry with access to the energy resources America needs, while ensuring that taxpayers receive a fair return from the development of these public resources", the White House budget says.