Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Medicaid A Target For Cuts Contrary To Trump Admin's Claims

Medicaid A Target For Cuts Contrary To Trump Admin's Claims

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, serves 44 million people and cost $70 billion a year ago.

"When you say "cut" are you speaking Washington or regular language?"

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities President Peter McPherson said in a statement that the 10 percent proposed cut to the National Science Foundation would deliver a blow to scientific advances that lead to the development of new technologies and industries that improve quality of life, ensure national security and power the economy forward.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) was particularly hard on the numbers, telling Mulvaney, his former colleague in the South Carolina House delegation, that the budget "presumes a goldilocks economy". "It assumes that the stars perfectly align".

The president does not touch the third rail of entitlement programs - Social Security and Medicare - but does cut $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years.

I've also been hearing from countless people outside the halls of Congress who are alarmed by the essential programs targeted for cuts under the president's preliminary budget. Perdue said the nation has a dilemma in how to "right-size the budget" but acknowledged the concerns. "If you are on food stamps, we need you to go to work". However, the budget calls for the elimination of the 23 percent enhanced federal match rate and the maintenance of effort requirements, resulting in a $4.6 billion cut over two years. "And as a effect I think it is just disastrously consequential to build a budget on 3% - the bible says you can't build a house on a sandy foundation", Sanford said.

"I'm aware of the criticisms and would simply come back and say there's other places where we were probably overly conservative in our accounting", he said.

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., asked DeVos whether a private school can receive voucher money even if it denies access to LGBT students.

Mulvaney's appearance was one of four slated Wednesday as Trump Cabinet officials fanned out on Capitol Hill to defend Trump's budget, which contains jarring, politically unrealistic cuts to the social safety net and a broad swath of domestic programs.

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"If states get fewer dollars from the federal government, there are only so many options, because states have to balance the budget every year", said Elizabeth Carpenter, a health policy expert with the consulting firm Avalare Health.

"They set up the rules around that", she said.

All $880 billion in Medicaid cuts included in the Republican health plan that has passed the House, plus $610 billion in additional cuts due to adopting an even stingier formula for increasing Medicaid funding year over year.

In a hearing before a House panel, Kelly insisted that it made sense to cut roughly $767 million from state and local grant programs, money meant to help local authorities prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and other disasters, because the funds are no longer needed.

"We'll try to get the country back to a healthy economy again, get people working again, and get people optimistic of the country again", Mulvaney said. She said that's "cruel", "heartless" and "inhumane".

Trump's budget was unveiled while he was out of the U.S.

. Given how critical the moment is for American innovators, we are disappointed to see the president's budget request suggests drastic cuts to programs with strong track records in job creation, economic growth and energy security that are critical to capturing future opportunities.

Kelly told the panel that while arrests at the border have dropped to records lows in the months since Trump took office, arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally have increased and for now, at least, the added jail space is necessary.

It should be noted that presidential budgets are really a guidepost sent to Congress showing what the administration thinks show be cut or invested in.

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