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May 23, 2017

Trump’s Promise Not to Cut Social Security Broken

Budget Proposal Includes Deep Cuts to Health Care, Disability Insurance, Food Assistance and Massive Tax Breaks for Billionaires and Corporations

The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, regarding President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal.

“President Trump has betrayed America’s seniors. His White House staff claims that the President’s budget does not cut ‘core’ Social Security benefits, which is a distinction without a difference. Cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are Social Security cuts plain and simple. They will weaken the earned benefits that millions have paid for during decades of work.

“Trump’s budget plan takes health care away from millions of Americans. At a time when 10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day, slashing Medicaid funds for elderly health care is wrong-headed and cruel.

“The budget cuts $1.4 trillion from Medicaid, by following through on the Trumpcare health bill passed by House Republicans and making additional cuts over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Trumpcare bill could end Medicaid benefits for about 10 million people – including millions of seniors, the disabled, veterans and children. The 2018 budget will affect even more.

“This budget also decimates the Community Development Block Grant, which provides funding to states and communities to fund home-delivered meals for home-bound seniors, through organizations such as Meals on Wheels.

“Trump’s proposal would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by more than 25 percent, taking benefits away from the 45 million citizens, especially seniors, who need basic nutrition.

“All of this is in addition to slashing the earned pension benefits of current and future federal workers.

“Cutting pensions and other critical programs to fund tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and highly profitable corporations, which pay little to no tax already, is an affront to working families.

“President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget is a terrible mix of warped values and blatant dishonesty. The Alliance for Retired Americans will mobilize our 4.4 million members to see that it never advances.”


3 thoughts on “Trump’s Promise Not to Cut Social Security Broken”

  1. I am so concerned by everything that is in the budget. I receive SSDI, and many of the services that help me survive as a senior with no family or friends to help. I have multiple health issues, and would be devastated by all the cuts. I am so worried that I can’t find words to convey how I feel.
    What hurts me is that many of my “relatives” voted for the president- which is voting against me, and my sister who is a long-term nursing home resident. This really bothers me!

  2. Any attempt by past Presidents and Congress to cut Social Security benefits have not been successful. I’m not assuming this attempt will have the same fate, but I think with the number of people who are organized and actively resisting these cruel cuts, it will be difficult for the Congress to pass the budget as proposed. It could still have devastating consequences for those mentioned, elders, disabled person, veterans and children. Not all people who are disabled and rely on SSI and SSD have “visible” disabilities. People with epilepsy, diabetics, those with a mental illness, brain injury (often Veterans), people with cancer, MS and other debilitating medical conditions. The amount of the monthly benefit is quite low resulting in other problems covering basic expenses. I’m hopeful enough of us will resist this cruel, mean spirited budget and get Congress to come up with a budget that is more compassionate and fair.

    1. You are incorrect. Ronald Reagan cut SSDI and was successful. 99% of people do Not know this about Reagan. He pushed this in his Budget and it was approved by Congress! He terminated SSDI Benefits for over one Million people! This is the same thing that Trump and his OMB Director Mick Mulvaney are trying to do now! Everyone needs to call and write to their Members of Congress, the White House and OMB. Act Now before it is Too Late!

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