Democrats blast safety net cuts in Trump budget as 'malicious'

Alicia Farmer
March 14, 2019

When he first ran for president, Donald Trump blasted the Obama administration for hurting senior citizens by slashing billions from Medicare.

The analysis from the nonprofit Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget shows most of the Medicare cuts the president proposed "come from policies which would reduce, not increase, premiums and other out-of-pocket costs for seniors, and would do so without reducing the benefit offered by 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. The Trump administration wants to eliminate that differential.

Russ Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement the proposal "embodies fiscal responsibility" and "shows that we can return to fiscal sanity without halting our economic resurgence".

"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.

He said the president is requesting more spending cuts than any other president in history and he complained that Trump so far has been "blatantly ignored" by Congress.

The analysis also notes that the amount of the proposed Medicare cuts is closer to $500 billion rather than the $845 billion that has been widely reported.

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Tricia Neuman of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation said the Medicare reductions in this year's budget are larger than what Trump proposed last year. He called the proposal "malicious".

"What this budget does is quite literally take food out of the mouths of children", while increasing spending on defense, Omar said. The department's total gross discretionary funding would go down to $44.1 billion in 2020 from this year's $52.8 billion.

"I think the Democrats' arguing against border security is a losing argument for them", Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) told The Epoch Times. 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? "This budget will balance in 15 years".

According to critics, the White House's budget proposal sets high expectations for economic growth.

Meanwhile the changes proposed at the FDA in the document entitled 'A Budget for a Better America' tighten up regulations on generics manufacturers in order to improve competition for off-patent drugs and lower prices. "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".

"If we can reduce the regulatory state and get health care costs down, we can get the economic engine going, and then restrain spending".

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