House Budget Makes GOP Priorities Painfully Clear: Medicare and Medicaid Would be Slashed to Pay for Tax Cuts

“The 2019 House GOP budget proposal, which would cut $537 billion from Medicare and $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and other health programs, demonstrates grossly misplaced priorities. At a time when 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, the Republican leadership in Congress wants to slash programs that protect seniors’ health and well-being – including Medicare, which older citizens have paid into during their entire working lives, and Medicaid, which covers costs for more than 60% of skilled nursing care. Speaker Ryan is obviously making good on his promise to come after safety net programs to pay for the reckless Trump/GOP tax reform. In so doing, he and his party are sending a clear message: older and disabled Americans are not as important as the billionaires and big corporations who are the main beneficiaries of a tax scheme that is blowing up our nation’s debt.” – Max Richtman, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare