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 TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license 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.

“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 McSallyKudlow slams senators who allegedly traded stock before pandemic Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill Trump considering suspending funding to WHO MORE (Ariz.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerTrump: 100 ventilators 'immediately' being sent to Colorado GOP senator calls for investigation into 'mismanagement' of strategic ventilators Romney says he tested negative for coronavirus, will remain in quarantine MORE (Colo.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisHouse Dems introduce anti-price gouging legislation North Carolina Senate race emerges as 2020 bellwether The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE (N.C.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTwo Democrats roll out bill to protect inspectors general from politically motivated firing Senators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Senators push for changes to small business aid MORE (Maine), along with GOP Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDemocrats bullish on bill to create women's history museum: 'It's an election year' This week: Trump's budget lands with a thud on Capitol Hill House approves pro-union labor bill MORE (Pa.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisPandemic sparks partisan brawl over voting by mail House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans Hillicon Valley: Coronavirus tracking sparks surveillance concerns | Target delivery workers plan Tuesday walkout | Federal agency expedites mail-in voting funds to states | YouTube cracks down on 5G conspiracy videos MORE (Ill.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonOvernight Defense: Pentagon curtails more exercises over coronavirus | House passes Iran war powers measure | Rocket attack hits Iraqi base with US troops House passes measure limiting Trump's ability to take military action against Iran House passes .3 billion measure to fight coronavirus MORE (Mich.), Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornMinnesota congressman diagnosed with cancer House GOP introduces bill to secure voter registration systems against foreign hacking DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program MORE (Minn.), Don Bacon (Neb.) and John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoDemocrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus To fight the rising tide of hate in our country, we must stop bias-based bullying in the classroom Hillicon Valley: House passes key surveillance bill | Paul, Lee urge Trump to kill FISA deal | White House seeks help from tech in coronavirus fight | Dem urges Pence to counter virus misinformation 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 PelosiPelosi calls for investigation into reports of mistreatment of pregnant women in DHS custody Wisconsin highlights why states need a bipartisan plan that doesn't include Democrats federalizing elections Pelosi defends push for mail-in voting: GOP 'afraid' to let people vote MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHarris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans Rep. Massie threatens to block next relief bill, calls for remote voting 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.