President Trump plans to cut spending on Medicaid by more than $800 billion over the next 10 years, the Washington Post reports. The plan, considered the administration’s first major budget proposal, is expected to be released tomorrow. It’s already drawn heavy fire, with critics citing estimates by the Congressional Budget Office that say the cuts would take Medicaid assistance away from 10 million people over the next 10 years.
Central to the cuts will be giving states more power to enact work requirements for people in anti-poverty programs. “Trump’s decision to include the Medicaid cuts is significant because it shows he is rejecting calls from a number of Senate Republicans not to reverse the expansion of Medicaid that President Barack Obama achieved as part of the Affordable Care Act,” the Washington Post reports.
Proponents argue that numerous social programs grew during the financial crises of 2008, and they remain swollen. As the Post reports, the cuts that are expected to be proposed tomorrow are significant because they deal with an entitlement program.
As the newspaper describes it these are programs that “are essentially on auto-pilot and don’t need annual authorization from Congress.” The newspaper reports that there will be no cuts in Medicare and Social Security “but the plan may call for changes to Social Security Disability Insurance, seeking ideas for ways to move people who are able out of this program and back into the workforce.”
Source: Washington Post