Trump Ran Against ‘People Dying in the Street.’ His New Budget? 10 Million to Lose their Medicaid Coverage
Trump is indeed commencing a new war-on the poor. Remember when he said he was the only Republican running who didn’t think people should ‘die in the streets’ for lack of healthcare?
“Donald Trump is singularly concerned with people dying in the street.”
“We’re going to replace Obamacare with something so much better,” Trump said at tonight’s debate. That something is, unsurprisingly, a free-enterprise system. He illustrated the benefit of his plan by invoking a rather niche health care concern: “We’re going to take care of people who are dying on the street.”
“Not just anywhere in the streets, though. Trump’s plan will help stop “people dying in the middle of the street.”
That was in the 2015 debates. Then in January 2017 he again came out against dying in the streets.
He also said ‘We’re going to have healthcare for everybody.’
During the campaign there was also an argument being made by Trump apologists: The media takes him literally but not seriously, but his supporters don’t take him literally but they do take him seriously.
Well Trump’s promises on no one dying in the streets was a case of where you shouldn’t have taken him ‘literally.’
“President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net.”
“For Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to low-income Americans, Trump’s budget plan would follow through on a bill passed by House Republicans to cut more than $800 billion over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that this could cut off Medicaid benefits for about 10 million people over the next decade.”
“Trump’s decision to include the Medicaid cuts is significant because it shows he is rejecting calls from a number of Senate Republicans not to reverse the expansion of Medicaid that President Barack Obama achieved as part of the Affordable Care Act. The House has voted to cut the Medicaid funding, but Senate Republicans have signaled they are likely to start from scratch.”
Trump had said he wouldn’t go after entitlements like other Republicans. Again-why’d you take him literally?
“But Tuesday’s budget will be more significant, because it will seek changes to entitlements — programs that are essentially on autopilot and don’t need annual authorization from Congress. The people describing the proposals spoke on the condition of anonymity because the budget had not been released publicly and the White House is closely guarding details.”
“The proposed changes include the big cuts to Medicaid. The White House also is expected to propose changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, though precise details couldn’t be learned. SNAP is the modern version of food stamps, and it swelled following the financial crisis as the Obama administration eased policies to make it easier for people to qualify for benefits. As the economy has improved, enrollment in the program hasn’t changed as much as many had forecast.”
Yet we hear about Trump the great populist. His ‘populism’ was just a Trojan horse:
“After The Washington Post reported some of the cuts Sunday evening, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Trump was pulling “the rug out from so many who need help.”
“This budget continues to reveal President Trump’s true colors: His populist campaign rhetoric was just a Trojan horse to execute long-held, hard-right policies that benefit the ultra wealthy at the expense of the middle class,” he said.
“Leaked budget documents, obtained by the think tank Third Way, suggested other ways the White House plans to change anti-poverty funding. These documents show a change in the funding for Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income program, which provide cash benefits for the poor and disabled. It’s unclear, though, what those changes might look like. A White House official said the Third Way document was out-of-date and would not comment on specifics in their files.”
He had vowed not to touch entitlements-certainly not Social Security. So they were right-sometimes, you don’t take him literally. You never give him the benefit of the doubt.
On the other hand, sometimes you can take him literally-like mass deportations and a Muslim ban.
Anyway, the Dems have laid the groundwork on Russia. A new poll shows a plurality supporting impeachment for the first time.
If they play their cards right, they could impeach Trump more or less concurrently with the 2020 election. In other words, impeachment may turn out to be the Democrats version of the Comey letter.
The policy piece of this is TrumpCare and this new horrible budget. It must be tattooed on Trump’s forehead and every Republican in the country.
Russia+TrumpCare should equal Democrat control in 2020.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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