On Monday, President Trump sent to Congress his "A Budget for a Better America" with the subtitle "Promises Kept. Taxpayers First." Not only does it not adhere to his promise that no changes would be made to Medicaid or Medicare, but it clearly doesn't align with our concept of health care for all. In fact, the proposals would reverse the progress we have made in spite of the Administration's "death by a thousand cuts" approach.
Here are the highlights:
$845 billion dollars cut from Medicare over the next 10 years just as baby boomers start to flood the program.
$245 billion cut from Medicaid over the next 10 years to "shift more power to the states."
A nationwide work requirement for Medicaid.
The elimination of "zero premium" ACA plans.
12% decrease in funding to the NIH, amounting to about $4.5 billion.
10% decrease in funding to the CDC, despite a year in which outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, flu, and other diseases normally protected by vaccines, are on the rise.
Add to this the cuts made to the EPA and its environmental health programs, as well as global health programs, humanitarian aid, and more. Taken together, this becomes an all out assault on the health and well being not only of Americans, but our friends around the world.
See where your elected officials stand:
Congressman Andy Harris of the 1st District has not issued a statement, however, here is what others in Maryland's Congressional Delegation are saying:
See what the media and others are saying:
The New Trump Budget is a Horror Show - The Washington Post
Trump's Medicaid budget plan could leave states hanging - Modern Healthcare
Congress Warns Against Medicaid Cuts: You Just Wait for the Firestorm - The New York Times
Trump Budget Would Take Medicaid Away from People, Nationwide, Who Don't Meet Work Requirements - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Trump budget pitches capping seniors out-of-pocket drug costs, cutting NIH funding - STAT News
Trump's vision for American health care, explained by his budget - VOX
President' s Proposed FY20 Budget Will Harm the Nation's Public Health - Trust for America's Health
Hospital Groups Protest Cuts in Trump Budget - The Washington Post