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What The Trump Presidency Means For Seniors
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What The Trump Presidency Means For Seniors

Some of the programs that could be targeted: Medicaid, important reforms in the way health care is delivered through Medicare, and services funded through the Older Americans Act such as Meals on Wheels, adult day, information assistance.
And while Trump vowed throughout his campaign to leave Social Security and Medicare untouched, congressional Republicans have targeted both programs and it is not clear whether the new president would resist their efforts to cut benefits.
He did back a House GOP plan to cap federal spending for Medicaid, a program that benefits very poor and very sick older adults and people with disabilities, as well as low-income mothers and children.
And he said he backs an old (never-enacted) congressional proposal to cut government spending by one percent a year, except for Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and defense.
But first one more bit of context to help explain why a Trump presidency is likely to lead to big spending cuts for programs that benefit seniors and younger people with disabilities.
A GOP –controlled Congress will almost surely approve a very large tax cut next year and while it won’t be as big as what Trump has proposed, it will be very large.
That’s where programs for seniors come in.
If Congress finances these tax cuts with across-the-board domestic spending cuts—something like Trump’s penny plan—senior services will almost surely get caught in the squeeze.
Ryan and other House Republicans have been trying for years to cap the government’s share of Medicare, a step that would lead to huge jumps in premiums for seniors, and to limit Social Security benefits by raising the retirement age, change the cost of living index, or other adjustments.
It is not possible to know now how deeply Trump and Congress would cut any of these programs, or when the cuts may be enacted.

Older Americans Month — slashing funds for our seniors is the wrong thing to do
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Older Americans Month — slashing funds for our seniors is the wrong thing to do

Older Americans Month — slashing funds for our seniors is the wrong thing to do.
Yes, candidate Trump promised not to touch Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
President Trump champions the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which guts Medicaid, undermines the solvency of Medicare, and allows insurers to charge older Americans up to five times as much as people in their 20s.
Older Americans Month (originally named “Senior Citizens Month”) began in 1963 during the Kennedy administration amidst growing concern about our nation’s seniors.
Two years later, President Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid and the Older Americans Act into law.
Yet, Budget Director Mulvaney dismissed the efficacy of Meals on Wheels, saying it “sounds great” but “we’re not going to spend [money] on programs that cannot show how that they actually deliver the promises that we’ve made to people.” Meals on Wheels is not the only imperiled Older Americans Act program under the Trump budget.
One out of every five senior citizens is trying to scrape by on an average income of just $8,300 a year.
During Older Americans Month, we will no doubt hear once again the myth that Social Security is going “bankrupt” and needs to be “reformed” (translation: raising the retirement age and cutting benefits for seniors, the disabled, and their families).
It may contain more granular detail about proposed cuts to Older Americans Act programs.
Max Richtman is president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.