When President Trump lands back in the United States after traveling internationally, he will step back into the fray of controversy. Not only will he enter back into the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in last year’s election, but he will also face a new challenge regarding his budget proposal. This new budget is set to be unveiled on Tuesday, and it will include significant cuts to Medicaid and propose other changes to assistance programs for low-income citizens, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
Although the White House did not respond to the report yet, Trump’s proposal comes on the heels of a Republican healthcare bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in early May that will overhaul the present national healthcare system and supposedly cut $800 billion from Medicaid over the next decade. This will primarily affect government health insurance for the poor and disabled. The new healthcare bill faces an uphill climb in the Senate where Democrats and even some Republicans are concerned about the impact it may have on low-income Americans.
The president’s budget plan will also give individual states within the U.S. more autonomy over a variety of anti-poverty programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is the largest U.S. program aimed at dealing with hunger in our country. It was formerly called the food stamp program. In February of this year, more than 44 million Americans received benefits from the SNAP program according to the Department of Agriculture.
It’s clear that the president will face highly charged challenges from domestic issues like this budget proposal when he returns home from traveling abroad. What are your thoughts about the proposed cuts to programs like Medicaid?
Credit: Huffington Post