The First Cut is the Deepest

$800 billion dollars. That’s billion…..with a ‘b.’ A number so high, it’s truly difficult to understand just how much money that is. But you’ll be hearing a lot about it in the coming days as President Trump’s new budget is proposing an $800 billion dollar cut to Medicaid over the next 10 years.

From the Washington Post:

For Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to low-income Americans, Trump’s budget plan would follow through on a bill passed by House Republicans to cut more than $800 billion over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that this could cut off Medicaid benefits for about 10 million people over the next decade.

But that proposal would directly conflict with one of President Trump’s core promises on the campaign trail. In 2015 and 2016, Trump repeatedly promised to “save” social welfare programs, insisting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits would be preserved under his administration.

Forbes.com story echoed the Washington Post report by running a headline that read, “Trump Budget Cuts Social Security and Medicaid, Breaking Major Promises.”

CNN put together a short video on the potential cuts to Medicaid funding. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.

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The New York Times quoted Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader, as saying the Medicaid cuts would “carry a staggering human cost. Based on what we know about this budget, the good news — the only good news — is that it was likely to be roundly rejected by members of both parties here in the Senate, just as the last budget was,” Mr. Schumer said on the Senate floor.

Medicaid isn’t the only program on the budget chopping block. According to National Public Radio (NPR):

The proposed budget unveiled Tuesday by the Trump administration doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, fighting infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The Hill.com pointed out, “The (budget) proposal will be only that – a blueprint, with Congress highly unlikely to pass Trump’s budget. But it will set the stage for the spending fights ahead.”  It will also be interesting to see how the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the health-care bill that passed the House of Representatives earlier this month looks like when it is released tomorrow.

Wherever you stand on many of these budget issues, it is important to keep the dialogue going to make sure that any cuts or any new healthcare proposals are in the best interests of the people, patients and communities of Arizona. By doing that – we can take another step toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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