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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Another Setback for Older Americans as Trump Proposes Cuts to Medicaid

While the Senate takes its time to pass the new American Health Care Act, which is expected to significantly increase health care premiums for Americans 50 years old and older, the Trump administration just released a federal budget proposal that would cut more than a trillion dollars over 10 years from Medicaid. This is a double whammy for children and adults with disabilities and low-income seniors.

The double whammy

So, here are the potential losses to those who need the most help when it comes to healthcare. First, there is the $800 billion cut proposed in the new American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed this month by the House of Representatives. Next comes a $600 billion cut in Medicaid. The areas affected by this second cut includes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Social Security disability, environmental protection, and housing and transportation assistance.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney rationalizes the proposal as good because “If you are on food stamps, we need you to go to work,” said Mulvaney. “If you are on disability and should not be, we need you to go back to work.” He continues, “we’re no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs, but by the number of people we help get off of those programs.”

Spending increasing in other areas...

While millions of Americans who can't afford it will end up paying more for health care, it should be noted that the President's new budget includes spending $25 billion over the next 10 years on paid parental leave. This little gem came from Ivanka Trump, unofficial assistant to the President. So, while millions of older Americans will be left to fend for themselves, more money is being spent on the younger generation who have jobs, the ability to work and more spendable income.

It just makes you wonder who is running the country? The President, or a 35-year-old former model with no political experience or knowledge of what is going on in this country and no official position in the White House?

What do you think?

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