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Tax Cut = Health Care Cuts

Jane McNichol

Posted 11/6/2017

The House Republicans released their tax cut plan on Thursday. There's a lot of discussion about how the tax cuts are structured and who will benefit. Getting caught up in that debate could mean we miss the biggest problem with this proposal. Here's the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' reminder of the big issues related to health care:

The House GOP tax plan released on Thursday follows the budget they passed last week, increasing the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.

The higher deficits from the tax cuts would ultimately have to be paid for. And congressional Republicans have already laid out their game plan for making these cuts—it’s right in the budget resolution they passed last week, where they called for cutting $5.8 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade, including $1.8 trillion in cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and other health care programs.

We need to raise concerns about future cuts to health care prograams whenever the tax cut proposal is discussed. It's not all about who gets a tax cut; it's also about how we will make up the lost federal revenue. The most likely answer is by cutting programs that are important to all Americans, including Medicaid and Medicare.