Does Trump’s Budget Cut Medicaid Funding? No One Seems To Know


The food stamp program also would be cut, with millions of people dropping off of the rolls of this life-saving program that many families rely on to feed their children.

What about the standard of living for my grandchildren who aren’t here yet? Tax cuts would primarily benefit the affluent.

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By that logic, the economic growth from tax cuts would mean the tax plan would both have no effect on the deficit – and make so much money that the $2 trillion difference between spending and receipts would disappear.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had expected the government to hit the legally mandated debt ceiling – now about $20.1 trillion – in early September. Mnuchin has in the past urged Congress to raise or suspend the debt limit. It also found that 61% of Republicans and 93% of Democrats would maintain or increase spending for “economic assistance to needy people in the U.S”. But Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday said receipts were coming in more slowly than the Treasury had anticipated.

Additionally, the Republican healthcare Bill passed by the House would cap the overall federal share of Medicaid spending. He says the best way to achieve that is through tax reform and regulatory relief.

Democrats aren’t the only ones questioning the Trump budget’s austerity.

Mulvaney is the driving force behind the Trump budget plan, winning the president’s approval for big cuts to benefit programs whose budgets are essentially on autopilot.

Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that “receipts now are coming a little bit slower than expected”.

The administration has privately informed GOP leaders that it would like Congress to act before the annual August recess.

The president and Republicans believe such programs encourage dependence on government and discourage people from going out and getting jobs.

Representative Mark Sanford, a Republican, told Mr Mulvaney that Mr Trump’s budget “presumes a Goldilocks economy” that never goes into recession.

The administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget is titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness”, but Mulvaney told lawmakers it could have had a different title: “We could have called it the “taxpayer first” budget”.

According to the proposed budget, “a comprehensive overhaul to our tax code will boost economic growth and investment”, and assumes an aggressive 3 percent growth in the economy.

Trump administration critics were not as forgiving. Clark replied, “I am shocked”. On average, the federal government reimburses states $1.33 for every dollar they spend on the program.

“If you look at the methodology, they assume that folks who were on Medicaid, which is free, will choose to get off Medicaid when the mandate goes away”.

Lowey said she anxious that Kelly didn’t fully understand how important that money is to local jurisdictions, including New York City.

Sanders asked Mulvaney to explain why America’s richest family needs a $52 billion tax break, while people who rely on programs such as Meals on Wheels and Medicaid would be left out in the cold under Trump’s budget.

Pramilla Jayapal of Washington told Mulvaney that cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled, and other programs are “astonishing and frankly immoral”.


The budget does feature a handful of domestic initiatives, including a six-week paid parental leave program championed by Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, that would be designed and financed by the states through cuts to unemployment insurance. On Tuesday the White House releases its ideas for the remaining $3 trillion or so in federal spending, including large-scale entitlements such as Medicaid, and the early indications are that the priorities embodied in this sequel will be no more humane or rational.

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