Does Trump's Budget Cut Medicaid Funding? No One Seems To Know
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 7:43
The latter could be changed by enabling states to stiffen work requirements for those who receive the assistance. It foresees an overhaul of the tax code, a boon to the wealthiest Americans.
A MI group is calling on lawmakers to pay attention to the President's budget and the cuts they say will hurt MI families.
Yet Trump promised during the campaign not to touch these middle-class favorites, and his budget apparently honors that pledge - with the possible exception of Social Security's disability program, which primarily helps low-income beneficiaries. He calls it "immoral".
The budget relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs for the poor in a bid to balance the government's books over the next decade.
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney argued on May 24 that the administration's budget is compassionate in respect to safety net programs, saying, "We want to measure compassion, true compassion, by the number of people we get off those programs".
One reason it was released while the President was overseas is that it is a complex document that Trump probably doesn't understand and certainly can't discuss in detail if asked at a press conference or meeting with Members of Congress.
Trump's budget assumes the Republican health care bill becomes law. The cuts include $800 billion from Medicaid and $193 billion from food stamps. "The president's budget is just a blueprint; a wishlist". "Grow the economy, balance the budget".
The Trump administration says huge cuts in government spending are critical to cut the deficit, and are a moral imperative.
Trump's budget is simply a proposal. His budget is titled, "The New Foundation for American Greatness".
Trump's budget has come under fire from both sides of the aisle for its deep spending cuts to almost all federal programs and agencies, aside from an increase in funding for defense, homeland security, veterans affairs, and child care credits.
Trump won support from GOP leaders. While maintaining that it is still committed to building a U.S. -Mexico border wall, the administration requested only $1.6 billion in this budget.
The biggest savings would come from cuts to the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor made as part of a Republican healthcare bill passed by the House of Representatives.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tore into the Trump administration's proposed budget at a House Budget Committee hearing on May 24 at the Capitol.