Progressives on Tuesday urged Trump critics to voice their opposition to the tax bill that House Republicans are hoping to push through, after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the legislation could put billions of dollars in Medicare spending in danger.
Because the bill would add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade, the CBO said in a letter to Congress, the government would be required to automatically cut mandatory spending should the bill pass, under "pay-as-you-go" rules, also known as PAYGO.
To make up for the deficit increase, the government would have to cut $150 billion in spending every year for the next decade.
Under PAYGO, Medicare spending could legally be cut by up to four percent, amounting to $25 billion dollars in cuts next year for the program under which senior citizens are provided with health insurance.
In an interview with the Washington Post, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)'s director of financial security said that a tax plan that takes money away from healthcare programs for the elderly would not be sustainable.
"We think having a simpler tax code is a great idea, but we also need a tax code that produces enough revenue to pay for programs, including Medicare and Medicaid," said Cristina Martin Firvida.
The CBO also estimated that an additional $85-90 billion could be cut from other programs including agricultural subsidies and funds linked to the Affordable Care Act and federal student loans.
The House could vote on its tax bill as early as this week, and opponents of the legislation made urgent calls for action from the Trump resistance.
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BREAKING: Congressional Budget Office: Tax bill will automatically cut Medicare by $25 billion per year almost immediately.The GOP tax bill is a giant trap. It's a corporate tax cut paid for by raising taxes on middle class families. House is voting on it in TWO DAYS! CALL!!— Mary Jo Pehl (@MaryJoPehl) November 14, 2017
ALARM.— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) November 14, 2017
CBO says GOP's tax plan will FORCE $25 billion in MEDICARE CUTS immediately https://t.co/2CwhUxQv2p
I know that it's exhausting to fight like hell every week, but there's so much at stake. This tax bill:— Michael Linden (@MichaelSLinden) November 14, 2017
* Raises taxes on 47 million households
* Cuts corporate taxes
* Cuts Medicare
* Eliminates tax help for teachers, veterans, and people with disabilities#TaxTrapTuesday