Democrats blast safety net cuts in Trump budget as 'malicious'

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal D-Mass. the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee speaks with reporters after addressing an audience during a gathering of business leaders at a meeting of the New England Council Tuesday Nov. 27 2018 in Bos

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

The proposal aims to cut the budget deficit by about $2.7 trillion over 10 years and balance the budget in 15 years.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, pointed to the budget's call for cuts to scientific research as unsafe to the nation's reputation as a leader in scientific research and innovation. According to the new budget plan, he wants to increase the spending in the military of the US.

Congressional Democrats attacked USA social safety net changes proposed by President Donald Trump in his 2020 budget plan, with a senior lawmaker on Tuesday saying Trump's cutbacks in programs such as Medicaid and food aid were "intended to do harm".

Trump's proposals met with immediate criticism from the host of candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Medicaid cuts will be replaced by block grants to states - but critics say this would amount to cuts in services as states would be expected to fund spending over-runs from their own budgets.

In the entire federal history of the country, Mr. President's budget has come out to be largest. Multiple Democrats running for president in 2020 espouse some version of an expansion, lumped in popular discourse under the umbrella term of Medicare for all.

"Overall, this is a really fiscally irresponsible budget that will take us backwards", she went on. The budget embodies long-standing Republican ambitions "to make Medicare wither on the vine", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday.

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As outlined in White House documents, the budget calls for $845 billion in total, or gross, spending reductions to Medicare over 10 years, mainly by cutting future payments to hospitals and other service providers.

The proposed Medicare cuts are another issue. The National Institutes of Health, which conducts and supports medical research, would lose $4.5 billion in funding, another politically unpopular idea, though the Department of Veteran's Affairs would gain an additional $6.5 billion from the year before.

These reductions are not that cut and simple, but it boils down to Trump once again breaking promises, which will have a devastating impact on the quality of life in the nation, particularly for those who depend on a strong social safety net.

The White House budget also includes provisions meant to lower prescription drug spending and allocates $4.8 billion to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic, along with $291 million next year to fight HIV/AIDS.

"There's going to be a lot of things that even Republicans disagree with within the budget", he said. "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".

"If we can reduce the regulatory state and get health care costs down, we can get the economic engine going, and then restrain spending".

President Trump's 2020 budget request of an extra $291 million to fight the spread of H.I.V., experts said on Tuesday, will not be remotely sufficient to meet the goal he announced in his State of the Union address: to almost eliminate the AIDS epidemic in the United States within 10 years.

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