The President's Budget Proposal: Bad for the Health of America

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: