Monday, 25 March, 2019


Biden Knocks Trump On Medicare Cuts, Forgets He Proposed The Same

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments ‘This is something he said he’d never do’: NH Senator blasts Trump for budget cuts to Medicare and Social Security
Patty Aguilar | 14 March, 2019, 22:27

"These cuts in the Trump budget aren't a tightening of the belt or a trimming of the fat, or even a serious attempt at reining in spending", House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said during the hearing. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose; and Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, have also spoken out this week against provisions contained in the $4.7 trillion budget plan.

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.

Seen up close, Trump's budget is virtually impossible in a divided Congress - between a Democratic House and a Republican Senate.

The reductions are baked-in expectations of Medicare-payment savings based on reduced payments to hospitals and in expected reductions for the price of prescription drugs.

He said the president is requesting more spending cuts than any other president in history and he complained that Trump so far has been "blatantly ignored" by Congress.

Trump's budget "proposes that USDA responsibly and efficiently use taxpayer resources by making targeted reforms to duplicative programs and overly generous subsidy programs", according to the document.

The head of a major hospital association pushed back hard, saying in a blog that "arbitrary and blunt" Medicare cuts would have a "devastating" impact on care for seniors. The cost-saving covers some of the mandatory programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and programs on federal health care. "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".

Russ Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement the proposal "embodies fiscal responsibility" and "shows that we can return to fiscal sanity without halting our economic resurgence".

The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan arm of Congress, in January pushed out its projections for the deficit to top $1 trillion until 2022 from an earlier expectation of 2020 amid lower disaster relief spending. His administration, in fact, promotes Medicare Advantage, but there is also less evidence these days of significant federal overpayments in the program, Neuman said.

"The proposals generally target hospitals and other health care providers", Neuman said.

The group also said it's concerned about that some of Trump's Medicare drug proposals could create winners and losers among beneficiaries. "But they do seem to recognize how central the idea of a border wall has been to Trump's supporters since the start of his campaign", he added.

A statement from AARP reflected a mix of praise and concern. The official, Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, endured more than four hours of bipartisan criticism over the president's budget for 2020, which would substantially reduce projected spending on Medicaid, Medicare and biomedical research.

As part of the spending-cut initiative, the administration also has identified a number of wasteful and ineffective programs, such as Job Corps.

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