Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments brings outcry

03/15/2019 04:58 |

Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments brings outcry

"We should instead have one to protect the American working family rather than the 1 percent", Sen. Democratic presidential candidates "should be raising this issue morning, noon and night", said Blumenthal, who co-sponsored a Medicare-for-all proposal in the last Congress.

A new proposal from President Donald Trump to slash Medicare spending puts Republicans in a political bind ahead of the 2020 election as Democrats are pitching an expansion of the popular health care program for all Americans.

Yarmuth criticized proposed spending cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, nutrition assistance, student loans, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The plan, which came after a recent fight between Trump and Democrats over the funding of a border wall, led to an unprecedented partial shutdown of the federal government, involves a request for new funding for the border wall and proposed spending cuts for some medical care programs.

"We're also finding waste, fraud, and abuse", Vought added. While simultaneously slashing so many other things, increasing Pentagon spending doesn't make sense at a time when the Pentagon's budget is already over-bloated and mismanaged.

During his 2016 campaign, Trump broke from Republican orthodoxy by promising not to cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.

Trump's budget is widely seen as a dead letter on Capitol Hill, where the Democratic-majority House of Representatives will kill it, but Trump's proposals are likely to follow him into his 2020 presidential reelection campaign.

"Medicare spending will go up every single year by healthy margins, and there are no structural changes for Medicare beneficiaries", Vaught added.

The head of a major hospital association says in a blog that the impact on care for seniors would be "devastating". The cost-saving covers some of the mandatory programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and programs on federal health care. His proposal calls for over $7 billion in cuts to the Department of Education, a 10 percent decrease in the department's overall budget from the previous year. But nothing so epitomizes the transformation of the GOP under Trump as its abandonment of the traditional Republican interest in curbing federal spending and reducing a deficit that continues to rise, despite the strong economy.

THE BEST that can be said for President Trump's $4.75 trillion budget plan for fiscal 2020 is that it has no chance of becoming law.

The budget makes no progress on reducing the federal deficit, which ran to $900bn in 2019, or national debt, now at $22trn. Nevertheless, the budget also includes an additional $8.6 billion to construct walls right along the Mexican border.

However, Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, said "neither Republicans nor Democrats seem to be concerned about debt and deficits, as the president's plan also pushes balanced budgets further into the future". "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".

The entire budget is based on what Vox calls "really rosy projections" for economic growth thanks to the Trump tax cuts.


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