Health care for children is on the chopping block in Donald Trump’s budget

Congressional Republicans have put the smooth functioning of the Children’s Health Insurance Program at risk by not renewing its funding in time for states to plan their budgets. But Donald Trump is taking the next step

President Donald Trump’s budget plans to cut the Children’s Health Insurance Program by at least 20% over the next two fiscal years and slash Medicaid, which covers millions more children.

Millions of poor and working families could lose their health coverage if his proposed budget, released Tuesday and called “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” gets through as-is. It would hit children’s health care hard and break Trump’s campaign promise to “save” Medicaid “without cuts.”

Hey, we have a record number of kids with health coverage. What can we do about that? Don’t worry, budget director Mick Mulvaney has lots of ideas! And it seems that Trump has conveniently forgotten

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Mitch McConnell wants to talk Trumpcare in quiet rooms

You might think that the example of the process of getting Trumpcare and Zombie Trumpcare through the House—and the massive opposition to it among the general populace—would have made Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell approach the whole thing with a bit more transparency, and a tad more democracy (at least within the regular Senate procedures).

And you would think wrong. He’s not doing any of that. He’s trying to keep it all a big secret.

At a meeting of his health care working group last Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican excused all nonleadership staffers after expressing annoyance over the number of leaks about the private discussions, GOP senators and aides told Roll Call.
He was particularly frustrated with a report that cited a verbatim conversation that took place during a prior meeting, according to one lawmaker who spoke on the condition of anonymity. […]

Republican leadership has faced criticism for the manner in which

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Never mind campaign promises, Trump wants to destroy Medicaid

It’s June 16, 2015, and candidate Donald Trump distinguishes himself from the rest of the Republican field with the promise to “save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, without cuts. Have to do it. Get rid of the fraud, get rid of the waste and abuse, but save it.”

Now it’s May 23, 2017, and while popular vote loser Donald Trump is overseas, his budget director Mick Mulvaney releases a budget that cuts Medicaid funding nearly in half by 2027 when combined with the proposed cuts in Trumpcare.

That’s $610 billion in Medicaid cuts on top of an $880 billion cut in Trumpcare. Here’s the reality of what that means for nearly every American, because just about everybody will be touched by Medicaid, either themselves or through a loved one. Nearly one in four Americans is covered by Medicaid. Half of all births are covered by Medicaid. In Louisiana,

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Trump’s budget: Pixie dust and starving families

The new budget proposal from popular vote loser Donald Trump will be unveiled Tuesday is heavy both on the making everybody but the wealthy suffer and the magical pixie dust of trickle down. It will cut $1.7 trillion over 10 years on the backs of everyone but the wealthy. It makes totally unrealistic growth assumptions and gives a cold shoulder to Senate Republicans who are opposing the steep Medicaid cuts in Trumpcare.

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. […]
The proposed changes include the big cuts to Medicaid. The White House also is expected to propose changes to the Supplemental

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Trump’s new budget proposal to screw over pretty much anyone in need

Because he never stops being an entitled jackass:

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 …

… 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 …

This would go along with Trump’s proposal in March to eliminate funding for “Habitat for Humanity, subsidized school lunches and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.” 

He must stay awake nights, thinking of new ways to screw over those in need. 

Cartoon: Taxcutiva

It seems like a lifetime ago that the House Republicans passed their awful American Health Care Act. While the Donald Trump/Russia debacle has been rapidly unfolding let’s not forget about legislation that could, um, kill people. That’s what happens when you provide health care “access” that could keep the old, poor and sick from affording actual care.

There are so many things wrong with the current Republican healthcare bill, let’s hope some sanity prevails in the Senate. I’m not holding my breath, since that counts as a pre-existing condition. Sure, Obamacare is flawed, but at least it isn’t truly cruel like AHCA. Oh wait, I forgot, the House Republican plan would protect 5% of people with pre-existing conditions. Gee, thanks, fellers!

This plan is nothing more than a huge redistribution of wealth from programs that actually help people to a big fat tax cut for the

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Republicans really do hate the children

I swear we’re just one or two steps away from a Swiftian modest proposal from Republicans. First they threaten to take the Children’s Health Insurance Program hostage unless Democrats work with them to take health insurance away from their parents. Oh, wait! Trumpcare won’t just take health care away from their parents!

The House GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill would result in a cut of $43 billion over 10 years in funding for Medicaid coverage of children, according to a new study.
The study from the consulting firm Avalere finds that the cuts to coverage for non-disabled children would come as a result of a new cap on Medicaid payments that the bill would impose, known as a per capita cap.

“Over time, per capita caps could significantly reduce the amount of funding that goes towards Medicaid coverage for children,” Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere, said in a statement. “While local

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