Politics Trump Policy Once Again in Budget Debate

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

President Donald Trump called for severe cuts for domestic programs, including housing for lower-income families, in his record $4.75 trillion proposed budget for 2020.

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 budget is filled with recommendations that would hurt American families, and his half-trillion-dollar cut to Medicare is one of the most egregious". The Trump administration wants to eliminate that differential.

At the moment the budget will be debated - probably in mid-October - presidential campaigns will be intensifying and Trump's interests may be closer to the primaries than to actually getting something out of Congress.

It also includes proposals to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid - social safety-net programmes for the elderly and the poor - and other social programmes that help the underprivileged.

Democratic senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a statement that Trump's plan "is not worth the paper it is printed on".

The analysis also notes that the amount of the proposed Medicare cuts is closer to $500 billion rather than the $845 billion that has been widely reported.

In the entire federal history of the country, Mr. President's budget has come out to be largest.

The Administration's decision to seek an exaggerated increase in funds for defense agencies (8.9% in the National Nuclear Security Administration or 7.4% in the Department of Homeland Security) anticipates that, in the interest of a "renewed" electoral campaign, Trump will most likely use again the border and immigration issue as favorite weapons when it comes to getting (or keeping) votes. In addition, the budget would squeeze billions from state and local grant programs - throwing out the Community Development Block Grant program and others that provide financial aid for affordable housing.

"I think the Democrats' arguing against border security is a losing argument for them", Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) told The Epoch Times.

"At the end of the day, this is a really irresponsible budget in which the president is also breaking promises that he made to the American people", she said, "It's going to undermine critical health care services for millions of Americans". "This budget will balance in 15 years".

Meanwhile the changes proposed at the FDA in the document entitled 'A Budget for a Better America' tighten up regulations on generics manufacturers in order to improve competition for off-patent drugs and lower prices.

"Look at the 1980s, look at the 1990s", he said.

"If we're going to continue to spend recklessly while having policies that restrain growth, there's no chance to get out of the fiscal malaise we find ourselves".