Capitol Correspondence - 01.28.20

President Signals Openness to Entitlement Reform

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ANCOR is keeping our members updated on the national conversation about federal entitlements and benefits so you can stay informed about the political context from which policy proposals might emerge this year. Medicaid funds the majority of disability supports in the United States and is considered an entitlement, so we will be monitoring any proposals to change the program for potential effects on people with intellectual / developmental disabilities.

As reported by CNN:

“President Donald Trump signaled this week that he’s open to cutting federal entitlements to reduce the federal deficit, despite previously campaigning on protecting Medicare and Social Security.

Asked by CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, whether entitlements would ever be on his plate, Trump responded, “At some point they will be.”

‘We have tremendous growth. We’re going to have tremendous growth. This next year I — it’ll be toward the end of the year. The growth is going to be incredible. And at the right time, we will take a look at that,’ he added.

Asked by CNBC whether he was willing ‘to do some of the things that you said you wouldn’t do in the past, though, in terms of Medicare,’ Trump said: ‘We’re going look.’


The President did not offer further details during the interview about what he’s considering cutting.”