Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

Detail of several copies of volume 1 of the draft budget of the US president Donad Trump after being delivered to the Committee on Budgets of Congress this Monday at the Capitol Washington DC. EFE  Michael Reynolds

A senior Senate Republican gave a lukewarm welcome to U.S. President Donald Trump's 2020 budget plan, complaining on Wednesday that growing debt was taking the country in "an ominous direction".

US president Donald Trump's 2020 budget proposal released Monday is unlikely to pass in the Democrat-controlled House and is set to create yet another major political battle, experts have said.

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. And about $517 billion in savings will come from Medicare.

Factoring in this change, Medicare spending would be $575 billion lower, said Marc Goldwein, senior vice president at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a think tank.

"These are programs that will continue to increase every year". Did you see the budget was just introduced?

The budget would also require people receiving federal rental assistance to take on more of their housing costs, in a plan that would be phased in over six years.

The president's proposal also includes work requirements for Medicaid recipients, and it would convert Medicaid to a state-administered program supported by federal block grants. HHS Secretary Alex Azar told members of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee that the proposed mandatory spending changes were meant to ensure long-term stability of the programs, but acknowledged the difficulty of trimming $12 billion from the agency's $102 billion fiscal 2019 discretionary budget.

Russell Vought, acting White House budget director, defended Trump's plan, saying the president was requesting more spending cuts than any previous administration.

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

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

The Democrats also denounced Trump's proposed cutbacks in education, community development, student loans and free school meals for low-income students.

Trump's proposals met with immediate criticism from the host of candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. The committee estimates only 11 percent of the proposed Medicare cuts come from Medicare Part D reforms. He called the proposal "malicious". Nevertheless, the budget also includes an additional $8.6 billion to construct walls right along the Mexican border. West said he expects the Democrats to charge that budget cuts will "hurt poor people in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy". "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. Democrats are piling on Trump, accusing him of breaking his campaign promise not to touch the federal health care program for the elderly. "That will be fine", he told The Epoch Times.



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