Trump budget would slash billions from HUD, grant programs

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

Donald Trump, the president of the United States, has reportedly sent a $4.75 trillion economy plan to Congress. Trump proposed a new frontier in the budget for America this week on Monday.

House Democrats said Tuesday they will reject a portion of President Trump's budget that would convert Medicaid from an open-ended entitlement to fixed amounts of money for states, though they do fear the administration will go around them.

Irrespective of what happened earlier, the President said that his new budget plan is a top-priority for 2020 re-election.

But the head of a major hospital association was pushing back, saying in a blog that "arbitrary and blunt" Medicare cuts would have a "devastating" impact on care for seniors. The cost-saving covers some of the mandatory programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and programs on federal health care.

The Springfield Democrat, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, condemned the White House for seeking to reduce Medicare spending by $845 billion over 10 years in its budget plan for the fiscal year that begins in October. The White House says the budget doesn't reflect benefit cuts to seniors but makes better use of taxpayers' dollars and reduces spending by cutting prescription drug costs. "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". It would have capped federal spending on the entire program and left millions of people uninsured.

But his plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare" involved major Medicaid cuts. The Republican lawmaker cited a report from the Congressional Budget Office that the public debt is expected to reach 78 percent of gross domestic product this year.

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"Did President Trump acknowledge he was breaking a key campaign promise when he agreed to a budget that cuts Medicare?" demanded Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky.

The proposed Medicare cuts are another issue. Because the program is so big, even a small reduction in percent terms can add up to hundreds of billions of dollars over time.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi opened a hearing on the Republican president's proposal with a broad attack on what he said was the growing, misguided view that USA debt and deficits do not matter. It also wants to slow the growth of payments for skilled nursing, inpatient rehab facilities and home health services, said Tricia Neuman, director, Program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. However, some of the reduction is from shifting Disproportionate Share Hospital and Graduate Medical Education programs from Medicare to other parts of the HHS budget.

Republican strategist David Kochel, a 2016 adviser to Jeb Bush, said there was little evidence that Trump's voters would abandon him over the Medicare proposal.

Advocates for Medicare beneficiaries had a measured reaction.

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