Brocker.Org: Former Obama administration officials blast Trump’s proposed health budget cuts

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The Trump administration’s proposed
2018 budget cuts billions
 from public health and
biomedical research programs. 

The budget, which was
posted Monday and later taken down
, takes drastic spending
cuts to agencies within the Department of Health and Human
Services. Almost immediately, the proposed budget drew criticism,
including from former heads of those agencies.  

Here are some of the biggest cuts the agencies within the HHS are
facing: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – 17%

The CDC, which is in charge of public health and disease
prevention, would see its budget cut by $1.2 billion. Dr. Tom
Frieden, who was director of the agency until 2017, went off on
the proposed cuts on Twitter on Monday, saying Americans would be
“less safe,” and that the cuts “would increase illness,
death, risks to Americans, and health care costs.”

He then outlined the direct impact the cuts would have on CDC’s
programs, including to emergency preparedness programs and
immunizations.

Food and Drug Administration – 31%

The FDA, which is responsible for regulating food and
drugs, along with medical devices, blood donations, veterinary
products, and cosmetics, is getting its direct budget slashed,
though its making up for it with user fees.

The budget does cut the direct funding to the FDA by 31%,
though the agency will end up receiving more from user fees that
companies have to pay to get their drugs vetted, which will end
up increasing its budget. 

Robert Califf, who served as FDA commissioner under
President Barack Obama, opposed any budget cuts in a tweet prior
to the budget’s release. 

Medicaid – $610 billion over the next
decade

Medicaid, the national and state program that covers low-income
people, could see its budget cut by $610 billion over the next 10
years under the proposed budget. 

Andy Slavitt, the former head of Medicare and Medicaid
under the Obama administration, called the move an “assault on
poor & disabled” in a tweet. 

National Institutes of Health – 18% cut

The proposed budget outlines an 18%(or about $5.8 billion) cut to
the NIH, which funds biomedical research, including cancer
research. A number of organizations came out against the
cuts 

A group of medical schools, patient organizations, and doctors
spoke out against the cut, instead asking Congress to increase
the NIH’s budget by $2 billion in a full-page ad in Politico and
the Wall Street Journal on
Tuesday

And Republican Rep. Tom Cole
told Vox
that cutting research would be “penny wise and
pound foolish.”

“You hurt your ability to deal with disease in your country
— and disease is enormously expensive not just for individuals
but society in general,” Cole
said

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