Trump's health care budget means deep cuts for safety net

But the Trump budget assumes the House bill - with its more than $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid - will be passed into law wholesale.

About 18 per cent to 20 per cent of the populations of Louisiana, West Virginia and MS - all states that went to Mr Trump in the electoral college - are participants of SNAP, as of February 2017, according to the US Department of Agriculture. "And that's what we're trying to point out to people".

The White House, however, says the naysayers have it wrong.

More than half the states now cover children above the administration's proposed cutoff, Riley said.

The plan claims it would help balance the budget within 10 years - in large part by rolling back benefits that have helped tens of millions of lower-income people, including many of those who helped send Donald Trump to the White House.

Food and Drug Administration: A 31 percent proposed cut, from $2.7 billion to $1.89 billion, would be offset by $1.3 billion in proposed increased fees to be paid by drugmakers and device-makers.

Overall, according to a Reuters analysis, states would see federal aid shrink under the proposals by 3 percent in the next fiscal year, with cuts falling more heavily on states that voted for Clinton. "I say 'assumed economic growth, ' because they don't show us any math of how they get there". "The NIH is an enormous source of inquiry and discovery, not just for this community, but for this country and for this world". It's been a big economic factor for us, and we're going to fight for that. Their logic is that these cuts will not reduce revenue, but will increase growth enough to make up for any losses.

Congress is unlikely to approve such deep cuts in the program, since it affects constituents so broadly.

"When we talk about cuts to Medicaid, we're talking about cuts to children's health coverage, because in Idaho, about 75 percent of the Medicaid enrollees are children", Necochea said.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget office director, said the plan paid close attention to needs of United States taxpayers.

MAYA MACGUINEAS: We should strive for growing the economy as much as we can, but we should be realistic about the projections we make and not use aggressive economic projections to try to wish our fiscal problems away.

With regard to defense spending, while the President's budget proposal is an improvement and an increase over the severely-depressed Obama-era defense budgets, and includes $170 million of military construction for Alaska, I remain concerned that - in an increasingly unsafe world - this budget proposal does not provide enough resources to really begin rebuilding our military.

"This is I think the first time in a long time that an administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes", Mulvaney said. "So I think that raises a very valid question, which is that: Are there folks on SNAP who shouldn't be?"

Sen. Edward Markey quickly rapped Trump's proposal.

President Donald Trump's proposals to slash federal aid to the poor, the sick and people living in rural areas reflect conservatives' demands for a smaller federal government but target numerous very people who voted for him last November.

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy also eviscerated the White House spending plan.

A President's budget is more of a vision than anything else. It tells those touched by illness, aging, disability, job loss or other circumstances beyond control that their future - and their family - is worth less.

"The proposed budget reduction fails the test of broadly shared trade-offs and sacrifices", Bixby said.

Senator Jones said he has not looked at the full federal budget proposal yet, so he can't fully say he supports it completely. More than 767,000 low-income resident sin MA use SNAP benefits to help pay for food, and 164,000 rely on LIHEAP to pay for winter home heating expenses. One of the overarching debates, however, has to do with underlying economic assumptions made in the budget, which are also coming in for heavy criticism. If you are on disability insurance and you are not supposed to be, you are not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work.

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