Larson: Trump Budget is Paid For on the Backs of Seniors and America’s Vulnerable
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) condemned the proposed cuts in the Trump Administration’s proposed budget.
“The Trump Administration budget proposal is paid for on the backs of seniors and America’s most vulnerable. The proposed cut to Medicare is just one glaring example of these types of cuts. Medicare is not an entitlement, it is insurance that Americans have paid for, and a lifeline for thousands of seniors and other beneficiaries. Additionally, the cuts made to Medicaid, disability benefits, SNAP, and many other essential safety net programs will only hurt our most vulnerable fellow Americans. We should be working to bolster programs like Medicare and Medicaid, and stabilizing the insurance markets. That’s why I introduced the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act with Reps. Joe Courtney and Brian Higgins, which would give Americans (ages 50-64) the ability to buy-into Medicare as a quality, affordable coverage option. Furthermore, this bill would make targeted reforms focused on improving the quality and delivery of care, to the future to strengthen the long-term solvency of Medicare, and the health care system overall.
“It is my hope that President Trump doesn’t repeat the Republican defense of giving tax cuts to the wealthy, and then saying we don’t have enough money for programs essential to every day Americans. I call upon the President and my colleagues in Congress to expand these programs, to invest in Americans, and to give them a hand-up,” said Larson.