by Sarah Kirch
Today America gets its first real look at what Republican governance looks like.
They’ve been calling for this kind of war on the poor for years. Now, they’re bringing their fantasy to life. The White House has dumped Trump’s budget on America while Trump is out visiting other countries. Here’s what’s in it:
Trump’s budget eliminates low income heating assistance, or LIHEAP.
Trump cuts the Children’s Health Program by 20%. In Montana, that would mean more than 20,000 kids would lose health coverage.
He cuts an additional $610 billion from Medicaid – on top of the $800 billion in his so-called American Health Care Act, or – which guts health care to pay for massive tax cuts for the wealthy. The ACHA cuts alone mean 259,000 people would lose coverage or face massive price increases, more than $4,600 per person, for an average Montanan. So this NEW additional cut of $610 billion is doubly cruel.
The budget makes deep cuts to SNAP, America’s most effective anti-hunger tool. Estimates range from 22-27% cut here. In Montana, almost 70% of the people who get help with food are children – and more than 30% live in families that are elderly or have disabilities. [PDF]
It guts aid to children with disabilities (such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism).
It includes deep cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which benefits workers who pay into Social Security and whose careers have been cut short by severe medical impairments, contradicting the President’s pledge not to cut Social Security.
The fact that Trump released this budget when Trump was traveling overseas (where it has become even more apparent that he tires of work easily) and cannot defend the horrific proposal seems like a PR disaster until you remember that the White House probably thinks it’s better for him not to have to talk about anything ever again.
*To be sure- Trump’s budget is actually so cruel a Russian propaganda firm called the White House out on it – no really.