How Trump wants to whack Medicare and Medicaid spending

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

Vought told the committee that the president's budget plan would save $517 billion in spending over 10 years in Medicare, a program that many Democrats want to expand.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, pointed to the budget's call for cuts to scientific research as unsafe to the nation's reputation as a leader in scientific research and innovation.

Most of the proposed Medicare cuts in President Donald Trump's 2020 budget would affect payments to healthcare providers and not directly affect benefits given to seniors, a new analysis shows.

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. In the end it couldn't pass a Republican-controlled Congress.

The acting director for the Office of Management and Budget explained that the cuts to mandatory spending are justified by the president's intention to lower the growing federal deficit.

"After exploding the deficit with his GOP tax scam for the rich, President Trump is once again trying to ransack Medicare, Medicaid and the health care of seniors and families across America", Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.

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"Overall, this is a really fiscally irresponsible budget that will take us backwards", she went on.

Seen up close, Trump's budget is virtually impossible in a divided Congress - between a Democratic House and a Republican Senate.

"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, the budget also includes an additional $8.6 billion to construct walls right along the Mexican border.

Irrespective of what happened earlier, the President said that his new budget plan is a top-priority for 2020 re-election. The department's total gross discretionary funding would go down to $44.1 billion in 2020 from this year's $52.8 billion. "But we're also concerned about proposed cuts to programs important to seniors". 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. Now the only thing that people are going to witness is how the messages are going to appeal the voters.

"Over the next 10 years, we are confident that the economic policies of this administration ... will more than pay for the costs of the tax cuts", said Vought. Democrats are piling on Trump, accusing him of breaking his campaign promise not to touch the federal health care program for the elderly.

President Trump's 2020 budget request of an extra $291 million to fight the spread of H.I.V., experts said on Tuesday, will not be remotely sufficient to meet the goal he announced in his State of the Union address: to almost eliminate the AIDS epidemic in the United States within 10 years.

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