Congressional Republicans are moving full speed ahead to gut Medicare, with no interest in honoring Trump’s repeated campaign promise not to touch Medicare. Senate Republicans now propose to slash billions of dollars from Medicare. Vox reports that the plan is to cut $450 billion from Medicare over 10 years. Can it pass?
Vox reports that if the Senate Budget committee adopts this proposal, it is still not likely to pass because it would need support from eight Democrats. But, if Trump were willing to sign off on these cuts—and there’s good reason to believe he would be—according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Senate could pass this proposal through the budget reconciliation process, which would mean that it would not need Democratic support.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who sits on the Senate Budget Committee, called out Republicans for proposing cuts that undermine President Trump’s campaign promise and drive up costs for older and disabled Americans with modest incomes, while also proposing tax cuts that help the most wealthy Americans.
Senator Cole and his colleagues want cuts in Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and additional defense spending.
Not surprisingly, the U.S. Republican-controlled House also wants massive Medicare cuts. On October 5, the House passed a cut to Medicare of almost $500 billion in its fiscal 2018 budget resolution. In addition, the House voted to raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. And, it voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program. Moreover, it voted to slash Medicaid by more than $1 trillion.
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