President Trump promised to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security during his State of the Union address.
Days later, the administration proposed a budget for the next fiscal year that includes large cuts to those safety-net program.
Priorities USA, a Democratic-aligned super PAC, is running a series of digital ads to bring attention to the difference between what the president promised and what he now proposes.
“Donald Trump promised to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security but continues to try and cut them while giving massive tax breaks to billionaires and big corporations,” Patrick McHugh, executive director of Priorities USA, said in a written statement released Thursday.
“We will continue to hold Trump accountable for these horribly misguided policy priorities – it’s important for people to know the truth about who Trump is really fighting for.”
Trump made an explicit promise during his address before a joint session of the U.S. House and Senate.
“We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions,” he said. “And we will always protect your Medicare and we will always protect your Social Security. Always.”
Regarding the president’s subsequent budget proposal, The Washington Post reported: “Trump’s budget aims to cut spending on safety-net programs such as Medicaid and food stamps, slashing spending on the latter by $181 billion over a decade. It proposes to squeeze hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare over a decade through cost-saving proposals such as reforming medical liability and modifying payments to hospitals for uncompensated care.”
Forbes, meanwhile, highlighted Trump’s proposed Social Security cuts.
“Trump’s budget calls for a $75 billion decrease to spending on the two federal disability programs, SSDI, and SSI, over the next 10 years,” the magazine reported. “$10 billion of this reduction comes from reducing the amount of retroactive benefits someone can receive after they’ve been found to be disabled.”
SSDI is Social Security disability benefits for injured workers. SSI is supplemental security income benefitting the low-income elderly and other people with disabilities. The cuts reportedly would not affect individual Social Security retirement accounts.
Priorities USA is releasing its ads in Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, in English and Spanish.