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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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 McSallyGabby Giffords participating in gun violence town hall in El Paso following mass shooting Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Anti-gun violence organization endorses Kelly's Senate bid MORE (Ariz.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic field narrows with Inslee exit Inslee seeking third term as governor after ending presidential bid MORE (Colo.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Gun reform groups to pressure GOP senators with rallies in all 50 states To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies MORE (N.C.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: Insurance lobby chief calls Biden, Sanders health plans 'similarly bad' | Trump officials appeal drug price disclosure ruling | Study finds 1 in 7 people ration diabetes medicine due to cost Collins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' reelection would go well if she runs Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' MORE (Maine), along with GOP Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Ensuring quality health care for those with intellectual disabilities and autism House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (Pa.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad Illinois House Republicans call on Trump to not commute Blagojevich's sentence MORE (Ill.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonThe 9 House Republicans who support background checks Al Green says impeachment is 'only solution' to Trump's rhetoric Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' MORE (Mich.), Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Democrats, Trump battle over 75 'pivot' counties in Midwest MORE (Minn.), Don Bacon (Neb.) and John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoRepublicans should get behind the 28th Amendment Student loan borrowers are defaulting yearly — how can we fix it? Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker 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 PelosiMoulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction Conservatives push Trump tariff relief over payroll tax cuts Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? 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.