People With Disabilities And Poor Children Facing a Living Hell With Trump Budget
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would make life a living hell for poor children and people with disability, according to experts.
The draconian budget proposes deep cuts to programs aimed to assist the disabled, including Social Security Disability, Medicaid, and food stamps. The Trump budget also slashes specific programs for independent living, limb loss, traumatic brain injury, and paralysis, among many others.
The budget also calls for deep cuts to children nutrition programs.
According to CBO estimates, the budget would cut $1.7 trillion from programs that assist the disabled and the poor.
More than half of young children with disabilities rely on Medicaid for their healthcare. Trump’s budget cuts to Social Security disability are so severe that they would have the impact of turning the program into a block grant, and block grants are a problem because historically, block granted programs lose 25%-51% of their funding.
If translated to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, one-quarter to more than half of the people on SSDI would lose their only source of income, which averages $1,172.51 a month per disabled worker.
This is a nightmare scenario for people who are barely scraping by as it is, but it gets worse for persons with disabilities.
Trump is targeting specific programs that assist individuals with disabilities:
During the campaign would show such an extreme lack of empathy to the challenges of persons with disabilities, so it’s not surprising that his budget would make the lives of persons with disabilities hell.
And the bad news is that some of these cuts stand a good chance of becoming law for as long as Republicans control Congress and the White House.
These cuts don’t come out of nowhere, they represent a failure in our political discourse to discuss the poor and not just “the middle class.”
What makes this particularly insidious, however, is that white poverty is seen as created while black/brown poverty is seen as culturally innate.
The lives of the poor often become erased until it’s convenient for a politically divisive narrative (i.e. white working class vs immigrants).