Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

Henrietta Strickland
March 14, 2019

The latest 2020 budget proposal from Trump also outlines a substantial funding increase for the FDA - although commentators are already saying that the plan faces nearly certain rejection from Democrats controlling the US House of Representatives.

President Donald Trump proposed slashing Medicare funding by $845 billion over the next decade in a budget blueprint by increasing audits of Medicare Advantage payments, changing hospital reimbursement rates and reducing "fraud and abuse" in the system.

Medicaid cuts will be replaced by block grants to states - but critics say this would amount to cuts in services as states would be expected to fund spending over-runs from their own budgets.

The proposal aims to cut the budget deficit by about $2.7 trillion over 10 years and balance the budget in 15 years. The officials of the White House have also made a claim of $1.9 trillion in the field of cost savings.

The committee estimates direct Medicare reductions at $515 billion. By the looks of it, the budget is excruciatingly more than what the Pentagon wants to achieve.

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

The budget proposal "practices the Robin Hood principle in reverse", said Senator Bernie Sanders, budget panel member and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

Biden decried the budget, saying, "Did you see the budget that was just introduced ..."

According to Vought, other major goals of the administration are to achieve more than $200 billion in savings through streamlining and improving student loan repayment and more than $300 billion through welfare reform. But his budget would make work requirements mandatory nationwide, said Robin Rudowitz, associate director for the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Trump administration wants to eliminate that differential.

However, the budget is unlikely to affect public spending levels, which are controlled by Congress.

Affordable housing groups have slammed the proposed budget.

"We've got to make some tough choices and these tough choices are going to step on some toes".

"The president's budget proposal should be discarded immediately". Now he's being criticized for steep Medicare payment cuts to hospitals proposed in his new budget. He called the proposal "malicious".

"Overall, this is a really fiscally irresponsible budget that will take us backwards", she went on. About $718 billion of that would go to the Defense Department. Now the only thing that people are going to witness is how the messages are going to appeal the voters. "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".

Neal, who has pledged to use his position has House Ways and Means chairman to protect Medicare, the federal health insurance program largely for people ages 65 and over, added that reaffirmed his commitment to "defending Americans' access to health care". "That will be fine", he told The Epoch Times.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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