While Hiking Bloated Military Spending–Trump Budget Would Slash Medicaid By $1.1 Trillion

Common Dreams – By Jake Johnson – March 11, 2019

The president is attempting to hand the Pentagon even more than it asked for while gutting programs for ordinary Americans

While giving the bloated Pentagon “even more than it hoped for” by boosting U.S. military spending to $750 billion—an increase of $34 billion from last year—President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget would cut Medicaid by $1.1 trillion over the next decade.

Set to be unveiled on Monday, the president’s budget will call for a total of $2.7 trillion in cuts to safety net programs, environmental protection, food and housing assistance, and foreign aid over ten years, according to a summary reviewed by the Washington Post.

Top House Democrats were quick to declare the president’s request—which will also demand $8.6 billion in border wall funding—dead on arrival.

Trump’s call for deep cuts to Medicaid—which insures over 70 million low-income Americans—is in line with his administration’s previous budgets and his efforts to kick millions off the program by approving punitive work requirements at the state level.

“Each of the past two Trump budgets has targeted benefits and services for individuals and families of modest means for deep cuts, even as it has supported tax cuts conferring large new benefits on those at the top of the income scale,” noted the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in a preview of the president’s 2020 request. “If enacted, these cuts would have increased poverty and hardship, leaving more people struggling to afford basics like food and rent.”

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Posted by Teri Perticone

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