Current Status: FalteringAs of
"Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it. Get rid of the fraud. Get rid of the waste and abuse, but save it. People have been paying it for years. And now many of these candidates want to cut it. You save it by making the United States, by making us rich again, by taking back all of the money that's being lost."
- Donald Trump Presidential Announcement Speech, June 2015
When asked in a January 2017 interview whether he intends to cut benefits for Medicare as part of his plan, Trump said “no.”
Although not part of any legislation proposed by Trump himself, the American Health Care Act introduced in the House in March 2017 provided for the transition to a “per capita allotment” for states to manage Medicaid funds. The Congressional Budget Office released an analysis of the Republican plan that estimated that it would cut $880 billion in federal funds from Medicaid over the next 10 years, causing 14 million fewer people would have Medicaid coverage in 2026. Trump supported this Act, but the act was pulled in Congress on March 24th 2017 during a contentious week of negotiations that failed to gain enough support to pass.
The House passed a revised version of the AHCA in May 2017 which retained the cuts to Medicaid. Trump expressed his full support of the bill after it's passage. The Senate version of the bill, released after a contentious period of secrecy in June 2017, also included major cuts to Medicaid. Neither bill succeeded in passing.
Later that year, the House passed a tax bill that the Congressional Budget Office warned could set off an arcane budget rule that would make deep cuts to Medicare over the next decade. The increased deficits expected as a result of the House and possibly Senate bills would also likely trigger reductions in other programs such as Social Security. Like before, Trump has expressed his wholehearted support of the proposals.