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Trump's budget set to spark yet another fight with Democrats

14 March 2019, 09:54 | Silvia Roy

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The budget also calls for major reductions in spending on Medicare and Medicaid - something Trump promised not to do as a candidate in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

The Trump administration unveiled a budget Monday that would reduce spending in Medicare as well as Medicaid, which provides coverage for low-income Americans, by hundreds of billions of dollars compared to current law. "The president seeks to slash domestic spending in order to reduce the budget deficit generated by his tax cut", said Darrell West, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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.

"Hospitals are less and less able to cover the cost of care for Medicare patients", FAH president and CEO Chip Kahn said in a statement.

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In 2017, when Republicans still controlled both chambers of Congress, as well as the White House, they pushed through deep tax cuts, mainly for businesses, that were projected to add $1.5 trillion to the $20 trillion national debt over 10 years. "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". But the budget also serves as a menu of longtime Republican visions for the program, including repealing Medicaid expansion and Obamacare subsidies and giving states a fixed sum of money, known as a block grant, instead. Indeed, it would have capped federal spending on the entire program. According to the new budget plan, he wants to increase the spending in the military of the US.

"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.

The proposed Medicare cuts are another issue.

Trump also tried to chop HUD's budget a year ago by 18.3% by having the state, local governments and the private sector to shoulder some of the financial responsibility. 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.

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Among the budget's targets are federal payments to reimburse hospitals for uncompensated care, fees for services provided in outpatient departments, and federal financing for graduate medical education.

A statement from AARP reflected a mix of praise and concern.

The group also said it's concerned about that some of Trump's Medicare drug proposals could create winners and losers among beneficiaries.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar faced four hours of questioning at a congressional hearing fending off criticism of President Donald Trump's proposed budget, which was released yesterday. Trump's proposed Medicare cuts also drew fire from lawmakers. Seniors with very high costs would benefit from a proposed cap on their copays, but others may actually wind up having to pay more.

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