Trump’s newest budget proposal, which will be released on Tuesday, will include massive cuts to Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled, and threaten other assistance programs, all of which protect low-income Americans.
The President’s proposed budget complements the Republican health care bill that passed the House of Representatives earlier this month. That bill, which was voted on without a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, sought to cut over $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years.
Senate Republicans have already announced that they will not vote on the bill as it stands, and will instead attempt to write their own version of it that has a higher likelihood of passing both houses of Congress.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer released a statement that said:
“In yet another broken promise to working people, President Trump’s budget pulls the rug out from so many who need help. This budget is taking the fast lane to rejection by the American people and both parties in Congress.”
The other federal programs in jeopardy include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the largest anti-hunger program in America, which feeds over 44 million Americans annually. Trump’s budget would relegate the responsibility of maintaining this program, and others like it, to the states, which could then decide to discontinue them if they see fit.
Despite Trump’s repeated promises to protect Medicaid, since becoming President, he has led an all-out assault on America’s most vulnerable citizens. Many of those who voted Trump – the so-called “blue collar billionaire” – into office did so on the basis that he would remember the less fortunate; they will be the first voters to vote him out.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.