Biden Knocks Trump On Medicare Cuts, Forgets He Proposed The Same

Biden Knocks Trump On Medicare Cuts, Forgets He Proposed The Same

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, was particularly alarmed at the proposed $1.5 trillion cut to Medicaid, which she said would dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and the proposed $818 billion cut to Medicare.

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.

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

"Hospitals are less and less able to cover the cost of care for Medicare patients; it is no time to gut Medicare", says Chip Kahn of the Federation of American Hospitals.

After net savings from reductions in spending on Medicare are factored in, instead of counting budget shifts as Medicare cuts, total Medicare reductions are $575 billion, the analysis states.

In 2017, when Republicans still controlled both chambers of Congress, as well as the White House, they pushed through deep tax cuts, mainly for businesses, that were projected to add $1.5 trillion to the $20 trillion national debt over 10 years. Democrats are piling on Trump, accusing him of breaking his campaign promise not to touch the federal health care program for the elderly.

As a candidate early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump held himself out as a different kind of Republican.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday that the president's budget plan continues his "pro-job creation policies, keeps taxes low, combats the opioid epidemic, protects our veterans, defends our nation and secures our borders".

A more traditional conservative proposal is block grants for Medicaid, part of an ongoing effort to move healthcare decisions to the states. The Republican lawmaker cited a report from the Congressional Budget Office that the public debt is expected to reach 78 percent of gross domestic product this year.

The latest 2020 budget proposal from Trump also outlines a substantial funding increase for the FDA - although commentators are already saying that the plan faces nearly certain rejection from Democrats controlling the US House of Representatives.

"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.

Trump also tried to chop HUD's budget previous year by 18.3% by having the state, local governments and the private sector to shoulder some of the financial responsibility. Examples include reductions in federal payments to reimburse hospitals for uncompensated care, lower payments for services provided in outpatient departments, and cuts to federal financing for graduate medical education.

Advocates for Medicare beneficiaries had a measured reaction. Seniors with very high costs would benefit from a proposed cap on their copays, but others may actually wind up having to pay more.

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