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Die Peasants! "Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by about $1 trillion "
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: February 10, 2020 04:30PM

GOP war on the Sick&Poor continues

Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by about $1 trillion
[thehill.com]

President Trump’s proposed budget includes about $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act over a decade, analysts said.

The budget released Monday includes $844 billion over 10 years in cuts from the “President’s health reform vision,” a stand-in for the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. There are also more than $150 billion in additional cuts from implementing Medicaid work requirements and other changes to the program, which would result in some people losing coverage if they did not meet the requirements.

The cuts drew swift condemnation from Democrats, who pointed out that Trump himself promised not to cut Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, during his 2016 campaign.

“I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Trump said in 2015, adding, “Every other Republican is going to cut it.”

“Americans’ quality, affordable health care will never be safe with President Trump,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement on the budget proposal.

A senior administration official defended the Medicaid cuts, arguing reforms will help preserve the program for people who need it most. “The Budget protects and preserves Medicaid by putting it on a sustainable path, so it can continue to provide vital services to those who need it the most, including children, the disabled, elderly and pregnant women,” the official said.

In contrast to previous years, the budget does not spell out how Trump proposes to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Instead, the budget gives a savings number of $844 billion that could come from any number of possible changes to Medicaid or the health law’s exchanges and subsidies.

One policy that is specified is that the budget calls for ending the additional federal funding that helped states expand Medicaid to cover more people under the Affordable Care Act, with officials arguing states can step up their spending if they want to expand the program.

Elsewhere in the budget tables, the document puts total Medicaid cuts at about $920 billion over 10 years.

In terms of practical impact, presidential budgets are often dead on arrival in Congress, and there is no chance these health care changes will pass while Democrats control the House.
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Re: Die Peasants! "Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by about $1 trillion "
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: February 10, 2020 04:48PM
And they will still vote for him to avoid that nasty socialized medicine crap.



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Re: Die Peasants! "Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by about $1 trillion "
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 10, 2020 05:22PM
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Ombligo
And they will still vote for him to avoid that nasty socialized medicine crap.


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Re: Die Peasants! "Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by about $1 trillion "
Posted by: pdq
Date: February 10, 2020 07:13PM
$4.8 trillion seems like a lot for a "small-government" conservative.
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Re: Die Peasants! "Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by about $1 trillion "
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: February 10, 2020 10:43PM
[earther.gizmodo.com]

The plan would cut the Energy Department’s budget by 8 percent and the Department of the Interior’s by 16 percent. The Environmental Protection Agency made out particularly badly: For the fourth year in a row, the administration called for massive cuts to the EPA’s budget. This year, Trump proposed cutting it by 26 percent.

...The plan would cut the EPA’s budget for scientific research by 44 percent and eliminate all funding for 50 EPA programs. The EPA couldn’t even measure the efficiency of appliances anymore, because the budget would get rid of the Energy Star program which measures the efficiency of electronics and appliances.




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Re: Die Peasants! "Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by about $1 trillion "
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: February 11, 2020 11:17AM
Good thing the president's proposed budget is printed on TP!



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Re: Die Peasants! "Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by about $1 trillion "
Posted by: pdq
Date: February 11, 2020 02:20PM
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Sarcany
The EPA couldn’t even measure the efficiency of appliances anymore, because the budget would get rid of the Energy Star program which measures the efficiency of electronics and appliances.[/i]

This is what happens when the presidency becomes a TV reality show.

Fortunately, early word I've seen is that both parties are ignoring this "budget" as posturing.
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Re: Die Peasants! "Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by about $1 trillion "
Posted by: RgrF
Date: February 11, 2020 11:51PM
Well it is posturing since the budget has to evolve from the House. It's an opportunity to play to the base in a way they never would if they controlled that portion of government.
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Re: Die Peasants! "Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by about $1 trillion "
Posted by: RgrF
Date: February 12, 2020 12:48AM
It's also part of the con Paul Krugman describes so well. Cut taxes and claim it's to spur the economy and deprive the DC bureaucrats money; then when deficits soar cut social spending and call those dependent leeches or whatever other derogatory term they can conjure up .

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