Oklahoma State Medical Association President Kevin Taubman, M.D. on President Trump’s Proposed Budget
On May 7, 2015, then-candidate Donald Trump said he was "the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid." Just two years later, President Trump is proposing a budget that would cut more than $800 million and eliminate Medicaid eligibility for more than 10 million Americans.
While we are sadly well-versed in politicians failing to keep their campaign promises, seldom have we seen a broken vow with such disastrous consequences for Oklahoma patients. More than 20 percent of Oklahomans receive basic health care services through Medicaid. Nearly 60 percent of Oklahoma babies have their prenatal and delivery costs covered with Medicaid dollars. This draconian budget proposal would place the health care of thousands of our fellow citizens at risk.
Are there savings to be had in the Medicaid system? Perhaps. Are there reforms needed to the Medicaid components of the Affordable Care Act? Probably. But this budget proposal does none of those, choosing instead to simply cut off thousands of our state’s most vulnerable citizens from the health care they need. We urge our congressional delegation to reject President Trump’s budget proposal and pass a budget that achieves meaningful reforms while preserving the safety net that protects so many Oklahomans.