White House’s FY19 Budget Spells Serious Trouble for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid not what Trump Promised During 2016 Election

Statement of Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, following the release of President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget:

“The 2019 budget released today by the White House reflects the Trump Administration’s priorities and once again shows that the President did not intend to keep his promises to older Americans.

“The health and well-being of seniors and retirees is clearly of little concern to this President. He would cut $237 billion from Medicare and even more from Medicaid. This budget would take health care away from people who need it most, including older and disabled Americans, and it does not go nearly far enough to protect consumers from skyrocketing drug prices.

“If all of the health care measures in this budget were enacted – repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enacting ‘something like Graham-Cassidy’, reversing Medicaid expansion, and block granting traditional Medicaid – 32 million Americans would lose health care coverage.

“This budget may be dead on arrival, but seniors should understand what the Administration thinks of them and their needs. The members of the Alliance will be working hard to hold anyone who supports this budget accountable in the next election.”

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Contact: David Blank 202-637-5275 or dblank@retiredamericans.org 

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