The (non-political) truth about Social Security, Medicare and the Trump budget

Read this from the bi-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Several lawmakers have claimed that President Trump’s latest budget would “slash,” “gut,” and “devastate” Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. It is certainly true that the budget proposes substantial reductions in Medicaid spending, but the proposed savings from Social Security and Medicare are in fact quite modest in size, would have little effect on benefits, and would actually reduce out-of-pocket health care costs for most seniors.

The President’s budget identifies programmatic changes that would reduce Social Security spending by $25 billion, or less than 0.2 percent over a decade. Importantly, most of these changes are meant to reduce overlapping or improper payments and address certain inequities in the program (we explore many of the policies in our book SSDI Solutions). Just over half of the savings come from policies also proposed by President Obama in his own budgets.

Is it possible we will ever learn that we are constantly lied to and manipulated by politicians intetested only in the next election.


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