The Republicans are in the process of reconciling a bill that would give the wealthiest Americans a massive tax cut while also adding about $1.5 trillion to the national debt. So, how do they tackle this deficit? Going after what they call “entitlements”—healthcare, education, social security, etc. We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said during a radio interview earlier this month. “We [need to] spend more time on the health-care entitlements, because that’s really where the problem lies, fiscally speaking.”
Ryan thinks he has Trump convinced, even though Trump pledged in his campaign that he would never cut Medicaid, Medicare, or Social Security. But it turns out Trump was planning on breaking that promise without Ryan’s help.
Politico reports that the White House is “quietly preparing a sweeping executive order that would mandate a top-to-bottom review of the federal programs on which millions of poor Americans rely,” while “G.O.P. lawmakers are in the early stages of crafting legislation that could make it more difficult to qualify for those programs.”
And these cuts, which Trump started unveiling in May, will “inevitably reach many of the lower-income and less-educated whites that have emerged as the cornerstone of the modern Republican coalition,” Ronald Brownstein noted in The Atlantic.
And most of the people this would hurt makeup Trump’s base, especially senior citizens who primarily use Medicaid. “It would be a recipe for massively exacerbating poverty and inequality in America in violation of all of Trump’s campaign promises,” Rebecca Vallas, managing director of the Center for American Progress’s poverty program, told Politico.
Read more at Vanity Fair.