“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and
I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.”
(Candidate Donald Trump, May 2015)
“I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.”
(Candidate Donald Trump on Twitter, May 7, 2015 9:38am)
As an adult, in order to be eligible for Medicaid in Colorado, you can make no more than $15,804 dollars a year as an individual or $32,328 as a family of four. Your total assets have to be less than $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 as a couple. To put it simply, in order to be eligible for Medicaid you and your family have to be very low-income or poor.
Under the Trump Administration’s new budget proposal, Medicaid would see an additional funding cut of $610 billion over the next decade, on top of the $839 billion that would already be cut from the program under the American Health Care Act passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year. The budget proposal suggests that these additional cuts would come from per capita caps, block grants, and new forms of flexibility for states. The proposal would give states more power to pass laws requiring employment in order to receive Medicaid benefits, which in some cases might cause people to make higher incomes than Medicaid eligibility requirements allow. Unfortunately, those income increases might not be sufficient to afford private health insurance coverage.
Under the American Health Care Act, no adult without dependent children will be eligible for Medicaid, regardless of income after 2020. According to the Colorado Health Institute, an estimated 600,000 Coloradans will lose their healthcare coverage in 13 years because of the new health care law alone and that’s without the extra impact of the new Trump budget.
The new Trump budget would also cut the SNAP food stamp program (also critical for the promotion of good health) by 25 percent.
Trump’s new budget would massively cut funding for medical research and disease prevention programs. Compared to the 2017 budget, the following organizations would receive the following funding cuts:
- National Institutes of Health: $5.8 billion in cuts
- National Cancer Institute: $1 billion in cuts
- National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: $575 million in cuts
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: $838 million in cuts
According to the Tom Frieden the former Director of the Centers for disease control, the Trump proposal “Devastates programs that protect Americans from cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and other deadly and expensive conditions.” He also describes the CDC cuts as “unsafe at any level of enactment. (They) would increase illness, death, risks to Americans, and health care costs.”
Between 2004 and 2014 your chance of dying in any given year:
- From a Jihadist terrorist attack on US soil was 1 in 75,950,000
- From Cancer or Heart Disease was 1 in 265.