(BISMARCK, ND) – With Republican efforts to rip health coverage away from tens of thousands of North Dakotans in shambles, Congressman Kevin Cramer and House Republicans wasted no time introducing new ways to slash programs like Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP and Social Security.
The House Republican budget released on Tuesday would drastically reduce funding for a wide range of programs vital to families throughout North Dakota, while busting the federal budget and assuming fanciful projections to make its math work.
“The backwards priorities in the House GOP budget really make us wonder who Kevin Cramer is looking out for in Washington – North Dakotans, or himself?” said Democratic-NPL chairperson Kylie Oversen. “The cuts included in this budget to programs that are so important to North Dakota would be absurd if they weren’t so cruel.”
Cuts Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP and Social Security
- Fresh off their failed (for now) effort to dismantle Medicaid, the House Republican budget would slash $200 billion from programs like Medicaid and Social Security.
- The budget would also prohibit disabled Americans receiving Social Security benefits from collecting unemployment benefits.
- In keeping with their efforts to dismantle Medicaid, the House Republican budget slashes over $1.5 trillion over the next ten years from Medicaid, which provides access to health care for 90,000 North Dakotans including 36,000 children.
- The budget would cut nearly $500 billion from Medicare – breaking one of President Trump’s key campaign promises – and turn Medicare into a voucher program that would leave many seniors behind.
- The budget would impose “enormous cuts” to programs like SNAP on which working-class and low-income Americans rely for food assistance, and which plays a crucial role supporting North Dakota’s farming economy.