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Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts'

Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts'
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A leading Democratic health group is launching a national ad campaign against vulnerable 2020 lawmakers for supporting what the group calls President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE's "blatant hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts."

The five-figure ad from Protect Our Care targets four senators and six House members and calls Trump a hypocrite for proposing massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, despite his repeated promises on the campaign trail to save those programs.

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“Trump is turning his back on seniors and families — proposing over two trillion dollars in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid,” the ad says. “Breaking his promise. Slashing our health care to the bone. And for what? Tax breaks for the wealthiest corporations.”

White House spokesman Judd Deere said the ad is wrong.

“The President is not cutting Medicare, he’s saving it," Deere said. "His budget makes necessary reforms that will lower out of pocket costs for patients and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse which will preserve Medicare services for future generations.”

The ad will run on cable TV in Washington, D.C., and online. The group is targeting GOP Sens. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallySenate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (Ariz.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Democratic super PAC pulls remaining ads from Colorado Senate race Exclusive: Poll shows Affordable Care Act challenge a liability for McConnell at home MORE (Colo.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Democrats see cash floodgates open ahead of Election Day MORE (N.C.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election This week: Clock ticks on chance for coronavirus deal MORE (Maine), along with GOP Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickLawmakers urge IRS to get stimulus payments to domestic violence survivors Hopes for DC, Puerto Rico statehood rise Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum MORE (Pa.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (Ill.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonWarren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates Preventing next pandemic requires new bill's global solutions Hillicon Valley: Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for TikTok | House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks | Biden campaign urges Facebook to remove Trump posts spreading 'falsehoods' MORE (Mich.), Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornRepublican fears grow over rising Democratic tide 3 congressmen on Air Force One with Trump took commercial flight after president's diagnosis Calls for COVID-19 tests at Capitol grow after Trump tests positive MORE (Minn.), Don Bacon (Neb.) and John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoWarren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates Trump fuels and frustrates COVID-19 relief talks Trump says talks on COVID-19 aid are now 'working out' MORE (N.Y.).

The ad is the latest example of Democratic attacks on the Trump administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, which begins Oct. 1. Lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump to lift Sudan terror sponsor designation Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts The 2016 and 2020 Senate votes are about the same thing: constitutionalist judges MORE (D-N.Y.), have repeatedly slammed the administration, saying the cuts will hurt seniors and reduce their benefits.

"It is unbelievable the Trump budget calls for ... $850 billion cut in Medicare,” Schumer said after the White House released its funding request.

Democratic criticisms are seen by some as being overstated, at least on the Medicare front. A recent analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget found that the vast majority of the Medicare cuts in Trump’s 2020 budget request are to payments to hospitals and doctors, not cuts to benefits for seniors on the program.

About 10 percent of the proposed Medicare cuts would affect seniors, the analysis found.

However, Trump’s proposed cuts would significantly affect Medicaid enrollees.

In that program, the administration proposed repealing ObamaCare’s expansion of the program and imposing cuts by placing a new cap on payments.