Even by Trump’s standards, this year’s budget stands out for dishonesty


"He's not cutting Medicare in this budget", Russell Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters Monday at the White House.

"Over the next 10 years, we are confident that the economic policies of this administration ... will more than pay for the costs of the tax cuts", said Vought.

Within the NIH, the National Cancer Institute is to have $900 million cut from its budget of $5.2 billion, while the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) will see $750 million cut from its $4.75 billion allocation. While simultaneously slashing so many other things, increasing Pentagon spending doesn't make sense at a time when the Pentagon's budget is already over-bloated and mismanaged.

But some of the Medicare cuts have received bipartisan support in the past, including halting hospitals from bumping up their Medicare payments by acquiring doctors' practices (a method CMS has tried to crack down in the past with its site-neutral payment proposals) and lowering spend on prescription drugs.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi opened a hearing on the Republican president's proposal with a broad attack on what he said was the growing, misguided view that US debt and deficits do not matter.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar faced four hours of questioning at a congressional hearing fending off criticism of President Donald Trump's proposed budget, which was released yesterday.

The budget also calls for major reductions in spending on Medicare and Medicaid - something Trump promised not to do as a candidate in the run-up to the 2016 elections. "Medicare spending will go up every single year by healthy margins, and there are no structural changes for Medicare beneficiaries". The cost-saving covers some of the mandatory programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and programs on federal health care.

Mr Trump's request has been named A Budget for a Better America by his administration.

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"The president's budget proposal should be discarded immediately".

Democrats raised concerns about working families covered by Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

"Just this week, more than 100 Democrats in Congress signed up for a socialist takeover of American health care", Trump said earlier this month at the Conservative Political Action Conference, claiming that a Medicare-for-all plan would "take away private coverage from over 180 million Americans".

Knowing that Congress, which now has a Democratic majority in the House, will probably block the initiative again, we ask ourselves: What is the use? This would represent 57 per cent of the proposed federal discretionary budget. Nevertheless, the budget also includes an additional $8.6 billion to construct walls right along the Mexican border.

But his proposals serve to keep his electoral base solidified, considering that he continues to follow the schemes of his original campaign and seeks to fulfill his electoral promise of a border wall.

"Why? he continued. "Because of a tax cut for the super wealthy that created a deficit of $1.9 trillion dollars, and now they gotta go make somebody pay for it".

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted: "One party wants to expand Medicare and Medicaid and the other wants to cut them".