President Trump’s budget is proposing a $1.7 trillion cut in food stamps, children’s health insurance, Social Security Disability Insurance and other social safety net programs to balance the budget and pay for his tax cuts to the wealthy.
Axios reported, “Where the entitlement cuts are made: From programs including SNAP (food stamps), CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and SSDI (Disability Insurance). The budget proposal will also assume that Trump can sign into law the American Health Care Act — the Obamacare repeal and replace bill that passed the House and is now being considered by the Senate. That bill makes substantial cuts to Medicaid.”
It is important to note that there are different Social Security programs. There is Social Security, Supplemental Social Security (SSI), and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI).
Donald Trump is literally paying for his tax cut plan where most of the benefits go to the very wealthy by taking food, health care, and income away from people with disabilities. However, slashing assistance to the disabled wasn’t enough, so his administration is also cutting Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Nearly 20% of Americans have a disability, and those people are going to see some cut in assistance under the Trump budget.
While the Russia scandal has justifiably gotten most of the media attention, the Trump budget is a reminder that this administration and Republican-controlled are planning on moving forward with policies that will be devastating and in some cases life threatening for millions of Americans.
The Trump budget is an immoral abomination. It is a declaration of war on the most vulnerable citizens in our society, and it must be stopped at all costs.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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