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.
During a speech before the International Association of Fire Fighters on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden criticized President Trump's budget and said it is asking the middle class to pay for tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.
"Hospitals are less and less able to cover the cost of care for Medicare patients", FAH president and CEO Chip Kahn said in a statement. It does not include spending for the military or for mandatory services like Medicare and Social Security, which have steadily become a bigger and bigger part of the budget.
Tax cuts were a priority for the Trump White House and congressional Republicans in recent years, rather than deficit reduction.
Democrats raised concerns about working families covered by Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.
"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.
But his plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare" involved major Medicaid cuts. Indeed, it would have capped federal spending on the entire program.
"Did President Trump acknowledge he was breaking a key campaign promise when he agreed to a budget that cuts Medicare?" demanded Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky. The committee estimates only 11 percent of the proposed Medicare cuts come from Medicare Part D reforms. Because the program is so big, even a small reduction in percent terms can add up to hundreds of billions of dollars over time.
Tricia Neuman of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation said the Medicare cuts in this year's budget are larger than what Trump proposed last year. That includes shifting roughly $269 billion in funding for training medical residents and payments to hospitals for caring for the uninsured to the Department of Health and Human Services' budget.
"The proposals generally target hospitals and other health care providers", Neuman said.
Advocates for Medicare beneficiaries had a measured reaction.
"This is something the president said he would never do when he was running for office", Hassan said. Nevertheless, he also suggests that there will be steep cuts in environmental production as well as education.
The Medicare Rights Center said "it is hard to envision a situation where these changes do not profoundly impact the lives of people who depend on the program".