Proposed cuts to Medicare hospital payments spur outcry

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

While so many other departments are getting slashed, Trump does boost the defense budget by 5 percent, or an additional $34 billion.

The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Congressional Budget Office all predict growth will be around one full percentage point lower than the president's assumptions.

"Many of the numbers that you've seen out in the press in the last 24 hours are inaccurate". "Trump is acknowledging that the national debt is a big problem", Republican Strategist and TV news personality Ford O'Connell said.

The fact that the budget says the money will be used to house children that come unaccompanied and with families certainly doesn't indicate that they've learned much from the family separation travesties.

The budget embodies long-standing Republican ambitions "to make Medicare wither on the vine", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday. We're not going to be bashful about that.

The Democrats also denounced Trump's proposed cutbacks in education, community development, student loans and free school meals for low-income students.

House Democrats are working on their own budget proposal that would be a blueprint for setting spending levels.

"We're clearly heading in an ominous direction", said Sen.

As usual, it will take a more immediate emergency for Congress to act.

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Democratic leaders in both the House and the Senate pronounced the budget "dead" when it arrived on Sunday evening.

"These cuts in the Trump budget aren't a tightening of the belt or a trimming of the fat, or even a serious attempt at reining in spending", House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said during the hearing.

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. He called the proposal "malicious". First, a recent Treasury report said that, in the first 4 months of the current fiscal year, the deficit soared 77 percent over the previous year, a product of lagging corporate revenues after the 2017 tax cut and increased defense and Medicare spending. The department's total gross discretionary funding would go down to $44.1 billion in 2020 from this year's $52.8 billion.

"At the end of the day, this is a really irresponsible budget in which the president is also breaking promises that he made to the American people", she said, "It's going to undermine critical health care services for millions of Americans". "This budget will balance in 15 years".

Democratic presidential candidates seized on Trump's budget framework Monday, singling out the Medicare cuts.

"We're also finding waste, fraud, and abuse", Vought added.

Most of the requests that have been put forward by Trump in the past have been rejected by Congress, but that hasn't stopped him from being bold this time.

"Look at the 1980s, look at the 1990s", he said.

"Absent statute, we can't force a state to do anything like that in Medicaid", Health Secretary Alex Azar testified. "That will be fine", he told The Epoch Times.

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