FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Linda Benesch, [email protected]
Statement on Reports that Trump’s Budget Will Contain Cuts to Social Security & Medicaid
(Washington, DC) — The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, in reaction to reports that Donald Trump’s budget will contain cuts to Medicaid and Social Security:
“Donald Trump’s frequent promises to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid were a cornerstone of his campaign. But if reports are correct, the budget he is releasing this Tuesday will be a flagrant violation of that pledge (which he has already broken by championing a health care bill that raids Medicare and guts Medicaid.)
The budget is expected to contain $1.7 trillion in cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and other vital benefit programs. In true Orwellian fashion, Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney claims that cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance are somehow not cuts to Social Security. That is analogous to saying cuts to the Marines are not cuts to our military budget.
Disability insurance is an essential component of the protections workers earn when they contribute to Social Security with every paycheck. This budget is an utter betrayal of the voters who believed Trump’s repeated promises.”