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Feb 13, 2018

Sum-Up: Here’s The Latest on Health Care

All presidential budget requests are largely meaningless, because Congress holds the power of the purse, but the budget that the White House released Monday morning matters even less than usual. Last week’s two-year budget bill — passed after a brief overnight government shutdown — will control government spending throughout 2018. Still, it’s worth noting that, in the White House budget, President Trump is requesting a 21 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services — $17.9 billion less than the agency received for 2017. Many of the proposed cuts would be to Medicare and Medicaid, and while the budget request will have little real world effect, it signals where the Trump administration’s priorities lie and what it may attempt in the future. There was also quite a lot of health care policy in the budget Congress put together that, unlike the White House budget, will dictate government spending for the next two years. The bill included two years of funding for…

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