Healthcare

Trump Budget Calls for $1 Trillion in Health Care Cuts

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's budget proposal for the next fiscal year which begins on October 1st calls for increased spending on homeland security and national defense and calls for spending nearly $9 billion on his fantasy border wall, but the budget also includes some massive spending cuts.

Trump's proposal for fiscal 2020 includes spending cuts for health care and, to my own surprise, another wholesale attack on Medicaid.

From the Washington Post:

Total spending on Medicare, the popular health-care program for the elderly that in the past he had largely said he would protect, would be reduced by about $845 billion over 10 years. Some of those savings — possibly between $250 billion and $300 billion, according to an estimate from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget’s Marc Goldwein — would be redirected to other health programs, but most would be removed from the budget.

The president’s budget also proposes a major overhaul of Medicaid, the health-care program for low-income Americans run jointly with states, by turning more power over to states and cutting spending by $241 billion over 10 years.

Given that this will never become law, this should be viewed as a campaign document and cited as such by Democrats.

Trump will enter the campaign season with a budget proposal that calls for spending more money on a wall and significantly less money on health care. It's a proposal for more racism and more death.

I am actually surprised someone in the White House thought it was a good idea to pick another fight over health care during the next campaign. Only White House budget director Mick Mulvaney could come up with something that stupefying.

  • Draxiar

    Someone needs to ask Agent Orange why he’s diminishing the healthcare of his Boomer voters. Obviously it’s not only his base that would suffer but the message to his Boomer voters needs to go out there.

  • muselet

    Medicare is a program for the elderly, and they aren’t productive any longer, so why try to keep them alive?

    Medicaid is a program for the poor, and they are moochers, every last one of them, unlike godly, pulled-themselves-up-by-their-own-bootstraps folks like Donald Trump and his children. Waste of money.

    A part of me wants to flag the above as sarcasm, another part of me wants to flag the above as what Rs really believe.

    –alopecia

  • simpfan

    Trump spent 2016 going around saying he wouldn’t cut Medicare, and people actually believed it. His voters were and are chumps.

  • katanahamon

    Yeah, let’s not even think Rump “came up with, is asking for” anything..he probably couldn’t explain Medicaid if you offered to bail out one of his casinos. This is all shit the Republicans want…

  • gescove

    Did the Rump administration entitle their budget document “Helping to Insure a Sweeping Democratic Victory in 2020”? Holy hell.

    • Badgerite

      It’s always been a corrupt bargain between corrupt trump and a corrupt gop. trump doesn’t care one way or the other. But the gop ultra rich donor base does. And trump will do their bidding or find himself out on his ass. It is that simple. The only person trump would buck the rich donor base of the gop for is, of course, Putin.