Trumps Medicare busting budget undercuts Republican healthcare messaging for 2020

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Emma Dumain works out of the McClatchy Washington bureau The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. She was previously the Washington correspondent for the Charleston South Carolina Post and Courier. Dumain also covered Congress for Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly. Writing in Bloomberg columnist Joshua Green argues that Trumps budget has given Democrats a gift that they can use to hammer the president on the 2020 campaign trail. Whatever its effect on maintaining the allegiance of his base he concludes. But the mere suspicion that Trump harbored these views was a political disaster for Republicans last fall. Having now committed them to print in his budget the result isnt likely to improve. The $846 billion in Medicare cuts creates a messaging problem for Republicans for 2020. Hospitals are less and less able to cover the cost of care for Medicare patients; it is no time to gut Medicare. Democrats are going to make sure of that even those who arent running for president in 2020

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