President Trump’s new budget will be officially rolled out this week, and it’s even worse than we imagined.
In the White House budget for 2018 and beyond, some of the worst aspects of the original budget outline have been preserved despite massive public outcry. One of the most controversial proposals in the 2018 budget is a provision that would allow for $800 billion to be cut from state Medicaid funding — which provides healthcare for low-income Americans — despite calls from Senate Republicans, including arch-conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and moderate Susan Collins (R-Maine), to include the expanded Medicaid that came with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). If the Medicaid cuts are approved by Congress, it would mean an estimated 10 million people would lose their healthcare.
Along with the Medicaid cuts, the Trump budget would cut $1.7 trillion from social safety net programs over the next decade. The chief focus of the cuts would be programs aimed at helping the poor, like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Social Security and Disability Insurance (SSDI), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, popularly known as food stamps), which 44 million Americans depended on in 2016. According to Axios, the White House budget will also give states more leeway in tying work requirements for able-bodied adults in order to qualify for social welfare programs.
While the full new White House budget document won’t be officially released until Tuesday, it’s likely that it will flesh out the proposals initially outlined in the White House’s budget blueprint several months ago. The Trump budget is likely to include the tax cut package Trump proposed in April, which would repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and the estate tax, which is only paid by the richest 0.2 percent of American households. The Trump tax plan would also cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. Vox estimates the Trump tax plan would save the Trump Organization tens of millions of dollars in taxes each year.
What isn’t yet known is whether or not the Trump budget will include the proposed $3 billion in cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program, which supplies a bulk of the funding for Meals on Wheels.
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.