Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Richard Neal slams Trump budget's proposed Medicare cuts

Richard Neal slams Trump budget's proposed Medicare cuts

Tricia Neuman of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation said the Medicare cuts in this year's budget are larger than what Trump proposed last year.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, pointed to the budget's call for cuts to scientific research as unsafe to the nation's reputation as a leader in scientific research and innovation. President Trump's federal budget proposal has made it crystal clear that he does not prioritize education or the future of our children. The Trump administration predicts a savings of $130 billion over the next decade if Congress enacts the proposal.

Senate Democrats reiterated their objections to the cuts the White House proposed this week to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security during a budget committee hearing Wednesday.

"It is obviously a tough sell because of a divided government and a clash over the priorities of our nation", House Budget Committee ranking member Steve Womack (R-Ark.) told The Epoch Times, adding that the Republicans have done their job well in articulating the fiscal condition of the country. Trump's proposed Medicare cuts also drew fire from lawmakers.

Galdieri said the White House "still does not seem to have internalized the fact that they did so badly in the 2018 midterms and that the Democrats now have a major role in the budget".

"If we can squeeze out waste and inefficiency in the government that would be great, as this is taxpayers' money and we want to use it well", she said.

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It estimates about 85 percent of the proposed Medicare cuts come from reductions in provider payments, and an additional 5 percent come from policies that would reduce overall healthcare costs (primarily medical malpractice reform).

The proposed Medicare cuts are another issue.

But some of the Medicare cuts have received bipartisan support in the past, including halting hospitals from bumping up their Medicare payments by acquiring doctors' practices (a method CMS has tried to crack down in the past with its site-neutral payment proposals) and lowering spend on prescription drugs.

The White House budget also includes provisions meant to lower prescription drug spending and allocates $4.8 billion to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic, along with $291 million next year to fight HIV/AIDS. The department's total gross discretionary funding would go down to $44.1 billion in 2020 from this year's $52.8 billion.

"I think the Democrats' arguing against border security is a losing argument for them", Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) told The Epoch Times. There are "many things in it that are harmful to working class voters and very few, if any, Democrats will find it appealing", he said. "But I do appreciate the president's signaling that he wants to actually balance the budget". "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 the CBO, the growth in the economy will be 2.3 percent this year, down from 3.1 percent in 2018, as the effects of the new tax code on the growth of business investment wane. It would have capped federal spending on the entire program and left millions of people uninsured.

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