President Trump to cut $800 billion Medicaid federal program
U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal will include cuts to Medicaid and propose changes to other assistance programs for low-income citizens.
In early May, a Republican healthcare bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives sought to overhaul the national healthcare system. The goal is to cut more than $800 billion over the next 10 years from Medicaid. However, the healthcare bill may face a difficult time in the Senate. Many Democrats and some Republicans fear the impact of additional costs for millions of Americans.
The White House will give individual U.S. states the decision over a variety of anti-poverty programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the largest U.S. anti-hunger program (which was formerly called the food stamp program).
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 44 million Americans received benefits from the SNAP program.
The White House’s $4.094 trillion budget request for fiscal 2018 calls for cuts that will hit anti-poverty programs as well. It would cut funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides benefits to the poor, by roughly 20 percent next year.
“This would pull the rug out from so many Americans who need help: those suffering from opioid and heroin addiction, people in nursing homes and their families who care for them, the elderly, the disabled and children,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.
Democrats and anti-poverty advocates are saying that President Trump is seeking to dismantle support for the most vulnerable Americans while cutting taxes for the wealthiest.
The budget would also impose a two-percent cut to all spending that must be approved by Congress each year for the next decade. Spending for military programs will not need Congress approval. The budget would also eliminate all federal support for Planned Parenthood. Local health clinics in many states have already begun their preparation for a massive walk-in increase.
A number of key Republicans have expressed concern about the new budget approach.