Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Most Trump Medicare cuts would affect health providers - not seniors, analysis shows

Most Trump Medicare cuts would affect health providers - not seniors, analysis shows

President Donald Trump's 2020 budget calls for $2.7 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years.

The budget would also require people receiving federal rental assistance to take on more of their housing costs, in a plan that would be phased in over six years.

One of the cuts proposed in the upcoming budget may fly under the radar, but the severe cut of funding for the Great Lakes will not escape the attention of inhabitants there.

"The president's budget proposal should be discarded immediately".

"Every Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security, they want to do it on Medicare, they want to do it on Medicaid", he said at a 2015 event in New Hampshire.

"These cuts in the Trump budget aren't a tightening of the belt or a trimming of the fat, or even a serious attempt at reining in spending", House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said during the hearing. Nevertheless, he also suggests that there will be steep cuts in environmental production as well as education.

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, applauded the administration's efforts to tackle these inefficient programs. He called the proposal "malicious".

The Administration's decision to seek an exaggerated increase in funds for defense agencies (8.9% in the National Nuclear Security Administration or 7.4% in the Department of Homeland Security) anticipates that, in the interest of a "renewed" electoral campaign, Trump will most likely use again the border and immigration issue as favorite weapons when it comes to getting (or keeping) votes. About $718 billion of that would go to the Defense Department. In addition, the budget would squeeze billions from state and local grant programs - throwing out the Community Development Block Grant program and others that provide financial aid for affordable housing. Trading Medicare and Medicaid for tax breaks, how that's going to help anybody in this room, or most of the people you live with? "But I do appreciate the president's signaling that he wants to actually balance the budget".

"He's not cutting Medicare in this budget", asserted acting White House budget director Russell Vought. The budget forecasts the economy will grow about 3 percent annually over the next decade, relying on the assumption that the deregulation and tax cuts will have a long-lasting impact on the economy. "And it's not fair to the people that have been paying in for years and now all of the sudden they want to. cut". And after 2019, growth is projected to slow further to an average of 1.7 percent through 2023.

"Look at the 1980s, look at the 1990s", he said. Democrats are piling on Trump, accusing him of breaking his campaign promise not to touch the federal health care program for the elderly. "That will be fine", he told The Epoch Times.

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