Senate Democrats: Working families would be hurt by 2020 budget proposal

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Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)-both of whom are now vying for the Democratic presidential nomination-have attacked President Trump for proposing Medicare cuts in his latest budget.

If President Trump allows states to convert Medicaid into a block grant with a limit on health care spending for low-income people, he will face a firestorm of opposition in Congress, House Democrats told the nation's top health official on Tuesday.

Former Vice President and possible 2020 hopeful Joe Biden criticized President Donald Trump's proposed 2020 budget for doing what his own administration asked for in their time at the White House.

"Hospitals are less and less able to cover the cost of care for Medicare patients", FAH president and CEO Chip Kahn said in a statement.

The budget is sure to go nowhere in Congress, as Democrats control the House and the document includes politically toxic ideas in cutting Medicare, a largely popular program among its users.

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"These efforts would provide industry with access to the energy resources America needs, while ensuring that taxpayers receive a fair return from the development of these public resources", the White House budget says.

The rhetoric harkens back to earlier this decade when Republicans lashed out at former President Barack Obama for including similar provider payment cuts in the Affordable Care Act, saying that he was hurting the elderly.

Most of the requests that have been put forward by Trump in the past have been rejected by Congress, but that hasn't stopped him from being bold this time.

During his 2016 campaign, Trump broke from Republican orthodoxy by promising not to cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted: "One party wants to expand Medicare and Medicaid and the other wants to cut them". Republicans have long called for more significant changes to Medicare and other mandatory spending programs that are the biggest drivers of the national debt.

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But his plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare" involved major Medicaid cuts.

Neal is the latest member of Massachusetts' congressional delegation to take issue with the president's 2020 spending plan.

"Absent statute, we can't force a state to do anything like that in Medicaid", Health Secretary Alex Azar testified. The wall is also seen as a measure to curb the inflow of illegal immigrants, which many white, working class Trump supporters have blamed for driving down blue-collar wages.The Democrats said building a wall is too costly and will be ineffective. It also wants to slow the growth of payments for skilled nursing, inpatient rehab facilities and home health services, said Tricia Neuman, director, Program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Exempt from cuts: private Medicare Advantage plans favored by Republicans.

A statement from AARP reflected a mix of praise and concern.

The group also said it's concerned about that some of Trump's Medicare drug proposals could create winners and losers among beneficiaries.

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The Medicare Rights Center said "it is hard to envision a situation where these changes do not profoundly impact the lives of people who depend on the program".

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