Democrats: Trump should drop $8 billion in funding for Medicare in ’18

Democrats: Trump should drop $8 billion in funding for Medicare in ’18

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling for the president to stop funding the Affordable Care Act’s Medicare payments to providers and reduce spending on medical care for seniors, a sign that the Democratic nominee may have found herself in a tight race against Republican Donald Trump.

In a statement Thursday, the Democratic candidate said: I’ve been calling for a total, long-term, bipartisan solution to Medicare for decades.

President Trump has repeatedly threatened to slash $8 trillion from the federal budget, and the president’s budget is just one of the ways that he is trying to take advantage of Americans’ dissatisfaction with his presidency.

As president, I will be calling on Congress to work together to find solutions that will improve the lives of millions of Americans.

While I strongly support Medicare for All, I am disappointed that the president has decided to use the Medicare payment program to justify cuts to other important parts of the federal government.

For decades, our Medicare program has been the lifeline for millions of seniors, and we will continue to fight to make sure that every American has access to the best medical care possible.

I strongly encourage the president and Congress to continue to address our nation’s long-standing Medicare funding needs.

The president’s proposed $8,000-per-month increase in Medicare’s cost-sharing is part of a broader plan to make the program more efficient and accountable.

Medicare will not be able to provide the same level of care as private insurers in the private sector, but it is the right thing to do to protect seniors.

In addition to providing more quality care for the millions of older Americans, it is a critical tool to address the opioid crisis.

We must continue to protect Medicare and our seniors and will continue work on a comprehensive plan to end the opioid epidemic.

Democrats have been a leading advocate for reforming Medicare.

In the 2016 presidential race, we promised that we would pass a Medicare-for-All plan that included a guaranteed annual increase in the Medicare benefit.

We are not only making good on that promise, but we are also taking a bold, bold approach to reforming Medicare and creating a single-payer system that includes Medicare for all.

I am hopeful that President Trump will listen to his constituents, and listen to our seniors, when he makes his decision on funding for the Medicare payments.

It is time to end this dangerous cycle and get back to working for the middle class, to protect our seniors from this president’s reckless cuts to Medicare, and to provide a new American dream for all Americans. 

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