Washington, DC — Today, President Trump released his FY2021 budget that, according to early press reports, includes hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to health care, further escalating the President’s all-out war on Americans’ health care. Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach issued the following statement in response:
“President Trump’s budget is a continuation of the war on health care he has waged against the American people since he came into office. Last week his State of the Union Address was full of lies in an attempt to cover up his true record on health care, but today his budget tells the real story. The budget cuts Medicaid through onerous paperwork requirements that are intended to boot people from the rolls and the president seeks to change the program into so-called “block grants” that will take coverage away from millions. And if all that’s not enough, his budget slashes funding for the Department of Health and Human Services by 9 percent when America is facing so many health care challenges.
“It’s abundantly clear that the administration is once again dead-set on cutting critical health care programs relied on by millions of Americans, including ones impacting seniors and children. These massive cuts for patients are even more egregious considering the administration has showered health insurance and big drug companies with billions of dollars in tax breaks. Given all this, it’s not hard at all to understand why voters disapprove of the president’s handling of health care and why it remains his number one political vulnerability in 2020.”