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Title: Trump tells Republicans he may begin cutting social security and Medicare if he wins in 2020
Source: From The Trenches/Yahoo
URL Source: https://fromthetrenchesworldreport. ... care-if-he-wins-in-2020/253056
Published: Aug 23, 2019
Author: Yahoo
Post Date: 2019-08-23 16:05:12 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 241
Comments: 9

Yahoo News

Republicans on Capitol Hill say Donald Trump may be willing to cut Social Security and Medicare if he wins in 2020, reportedly describing the potential move as a “second-term project”.

Several senators told the New York Times in a report published this week they spoke to the president about reducing the costs of the federal health care and retirement programs — a move that would likely stir controversy in a presidential election season. 

Republicans have said cutting both programs is crucial to reducing the nation’s deficit, which has ballooned under Mr Trump thanks, in part, to the GOP tax bill passed in 2017.

Senator John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, described the process of cutting the costs of social security and medicare to the New York Times as “best done during divided government”.

“We’ve brought it up with President Trump,” he added, “who has talked about out it being a second-term project.”

Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, also told the newspaper that reducing the costs of the federal programs would required “presidential leadership” and “courage by the Congress to make some hard votes”.

“We can’t keep kicking the can down the road,” he said, adding: “I hope in a second term, [Mr Trump] is interested. With his leadership, I think we could start dealing with that crisis. And it is a crisis.”

Mr Trump won in 2016 by claiming, among other things, that he would be able to entirely wipe away the US national debt of more than $19tn in an eight-year period.

He also repeatedly vowed not to make extensive cuts to the popular programs, even as other Republicans were saying reducing their costs would be crucial to lowering the debt.

“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Mr Trump reportedly said at the time.

Senator David Perdue, a Republican from Georgia, told the paper “it probably takes a second-term president” to begin working on the issue, adding: “It’s politically difficult to say you’re going to save Social Security, because most people think, well that means cutting benefits.”

Democrats have also expressed concern over the mounting debt, including Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana who told the New York Times: “It’s just not financially sustainable at all.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-tells-republicans-may-begin-162457862.html


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Title: Trump tells Republicans he may begin cutting social security and Medicare if he wins in 2020

The title is slanted reporting IMO.

The article itself repeatedly talks about cutting costs to Medicare. Trump certainly has talked about it, threatening to allow imports of drugs from foreign markets, copying some of the cost-cutting measures being used by Amazon and others to sharply reduce the rate of increase in covering medical costs.

Senator David Perdue, a Republican from Georgia, told the paper “it probably takes a second-term president” to begin working on the issue, adding: “It’s politically difficult to say you’re going to save Social Security, because most people think, well that means cutting benefits.”

It may mean cutting benefits but it might also mean prosecuting fraud and recovering money from crooks who game the system, like doctors overbilling and ordering lots of tests that aren't justified or hospitals charging $50 for a pair of cardboard slippers that cost them 50¢s; to buy. It might also mean being more aggressive in denying fraudulent claims for disability. It could mean allowing more co-pay into the system to give people an incentive not to treat medical care as an all-you-can-eat buffet at public expense. And it might mean delaying cost-of-living increases for a year or so, something that we've seen many times. It might mean that they would finally do more means testing for public aid or to increase the ceiling for SS payments.

Article seems like clickbait to me.

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...it might also mean prosecuting fraud and recovering money from crooks who game the system, like doctors overbilling and ordering lots of tests that aren't justified or hospitals charging $50 for a pair of cardboard slippers that cost them 50¢s; to buy. It might also mean being more aggressive in denying fraudulent claims for disability.

I have no problem with any of that.

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