During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised multiple times that he would not touch Social Security, Medicaid, or Medicare, but now Trump’s budget director is working on changing that promise.
Speaking on Hugh Hewitt’s conservative radio show Monday, Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said he was working on getting the president to “look at” reforms to these programs.
“There are ways that we can not only allow the president to keep his promise but to help him keep his promise by fixing some of these mandatory programs,” he said.
Mulvaney, however, doesn’t see it that way and believes the president can reframe his broken promise in order to sell it to the American people.
“Clearly, you can help fix and solve Medicaid as part of this larger Obamacare replacement, right, that the two things are tied together. So if we get Obamacare replacement right, it might also allow us to fix Medicaid,” Mulvaney said.
On Social Security, Mulvaney suggested the president reframe it as “saving” the program by enacting drastic changes.
Republicans have long fought to privatize what they call “entitlement” programs. Mulvaney pleased the Senate when he told them during his confirmation that when it came to such reforms he was committed to advising the president on making “difficult decisions today in order to avoid nearly impossible one’s tomorrow.”
When Trump does attempt to “reform” these programs he will place millions of senior citizens physical and financial health in jeopardy and destroy millions of citizens’ only chance of retirement.
In case you needed any more proof, just take a look at Trump’s official website, where he once prominently featured an interview promising not to touch entitlements:
Trump ran as a populist candidate but since taking office has ignored the populace and is creating the vilest, most vindictive, and anti-American administration’s in this nation’s history.
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Dan Arel is a bestselling author of The Secular Activist; and Parenting Without God. He is an award-winning journalist and host of the Danthropology Podcast.