Trump budget chief: Medicaid cuts won't affect anyone now on program

Olive Rios
May 27, 2017

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, meanwhile, gave Republicans the unwelcome news that they may have to cast a dreaded vote on increasing the government's borrowing authority before they break for the August recess. Republicans care about kids.

But Democrats on the committee slammed the administration, and charged that much of the cuts would rip apart the nation's "social safety net".

The Medicaid healthcare plan for the poor is slated for about an $800 billion cut, reversing the expansion that former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, brought to Republican states like West Virginia, Arkansas and Kentucky with large populations of poor people. She says it's easier to work if you aren't anxious about being hungry or sick.

The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins October 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting off an extended debate in which Democrats are already attacking the administration for trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.

"It assumes that the stars perfectly align with regard to economic drivers", Sanford added.

They point in a direction supported by many of Mr. Trump's followers, but practical politics will likely restore numerous cuts and lead to increases in Mr. Trump's spending plan.

"Trump's budget would cause disproportionate pain in the rural communities he promised to help - including those in southern and southwest Virginia and the Valley", Kaine said. He said the 3 percent growth rate translates to about $2 trillion in additional revenues for the government over a 10-year period.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, while introducing the budget Tuesday: "There are no Medicaid cuts in the terms of what ordinary human beings would refer to as a cut".

"It's never happened", Sanford said.

Trump's budget was silent on bargaining with the pharmaceutical industry to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, a topic the president has often touched on.

"We need to take a look at our nutrition assistance programs to ensure that they are helping the most vulnerable in our society", Conaway and Roberts said in a joint statement on the budget.

"If I don't have my Q and B, I don't think I can afford my secondary", McAdams said. Idaho would lose funding for special education and Title I programs for high-poverty schools.

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., asked DeVos whether a private school can receive voucher money even if it denies access to LGBT students.

States that voted for Trump would see federal aid decline by 1.2 percent, while those that supported Clinton would collectively see a drop of 4.8 percent. "They set up the rules around that", she said.

"We think this is extraordinarily defensible", he said.

President Donald Trump's budget chief is defending the president's plans to cut social programs as a means to increase economic growth to 3 percent and put "taxpayers first".

Mulvaney added: "We don't want to measure compassion by the number of programs we have and the number of people on them - true compassion is the number of people we want to try to get off of those programs and get back in charge of their own lives".

"I have news for you, both parties: If we do not get to 3 percent growth, it is unlikely we will ever balance the budget again", he told a House panel Wednesday.

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