Budget proposals are usually just ammunition for politicians in the trenches. However, with Republicans in control of a unified government, the Trump Administration’s newly released budget proposal has a real chance of becoming law. During a press conference on Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan brushed off suggestions that Congress may not approve the proposal. “We finally have a president who’s willing to actually balance the budget,” he said, expressing enthusiasm for the Administrations “fiscal prudence.”
However, “balancing the budget” includes a $800 billion cut in Medicaid, resulting in over 11 million people losing their health coverage. Additionally, the budget proposes a 25% cut to food stamps and a 17% cut for the National Institutes of Health.
Medical professionals are already speaking out. Dr. Thomas Payne, President of the AMIA said in a statement released Tuesday, “The impact of these cuts, if they are realized, will reverberate across our nation’s hospitals, universities, and other important sectors of the economy.” However, many others have kept silent believing there is little possibility of this budget passing Congress.
Without aggressive pushback, Congressional Republicans might just bow to the pressure of the presidency. Now is the time to make your voice heard. A Winning Connections program is an extremely effective way to ensure that lawmakers know where your members stand, giving them the fortitude to protect America’s healthcare system and stand up to this administration.