Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

  • Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

Peter Sullivan of the Hill noted based on a Center for Responsible Federal Budget analysis that "the vast majority of the Medicare cuts in Trump's budget, released on Monday, are to payments to hospitals and doctors, not cuts to benefits for seniors on the program", adding that the reductions "closely resemble or build upon proposals made in President Obama's budgets".

The budget calls for $845 billion in total, or gross, spending reductions to Medicare over 10 years, mainly by cutting future payments to hospitals and other service providers.

"These are programs that will continue to increase every year".

The Democrats both in the White House and Senate said that the budget is dead since it arrived.

Within the NIH, the National Cancer Institute is to have $900 million cut from its budget of $5.2 billion, while the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) will see $750 million cut from its $4.75 billion allocation.

Democrats raised concerns about working families covered by Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. The Trump administration wants to eliminate that differential. And they come from one part of the budget in particular: nondefense discretionary spending.

The budget would also require everyone with a plan from the Affordable Care Act exchanges pay some amount of premium.

"We've got to make some tough choices and these tough choices are going to step on some toes". "But we're also concerned about proposed cuts to programs important to seniors".

"If we can squeeze out waste and inefficiency in the government that would be great, as this is taxpayers' money and we want to use it well", she said.

At the moment the budget will be debated - probably in mid-October - presidential campaigns will be intensifying and Trump's interests may be closer to the primaries than to actually getting something out of Congress. He called the proposal "malicious". Nevertheless, the budget also includes an additional $8.6 billion to construct walls right along the Mexican border.

"I think the Democrats' arguing against border security is a losing argument for them", Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) told The Epoch Times. "How is that going to help the people in this room or most of the people you live with?"

"He's not cutting Medicare in this budget", asserted acting White House budget director Russell Vought.

These reductions are not that cut and simple, but it boils down to Trump once again breaking promises, which will have a devastating impact on the quality of life in the nation, particularly for those who depend on a strong social safety net. "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".

According to Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), the growth rates in the administration's budget are reasonable. It would have capped federal spending on the entire program and left millions of people uninsured.