On Saturday, President Donald Trump’s White House will release a budget, which could be a big win for the GOP.
It includes $5 billion for a national infrastructure plan, $5 trillion in cuts to Social Security, and $5.5 trillion for veterans’ healthcare, all while cutting Medicaid by more than a trillion dollars over the next decade.
That means the budget includes $3.3 trillion in spending cuts over the coming decade.
The president is also reportedly pushing to cut Medicaid funding by as much as $1 trillion over the same period, meaning that over the course of his presidency, the GOP will be cutting a whopping $4.3 billion from the healthcare system, and by about $7 billion from public schools, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
But it’s not just the GOP that’s getting a boost.
According to the Associated Press, a number of GOP lawmakers have said they support the president’s proposed cuts, and a number are also calling for a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare that would leave only small tweaks to the program.
These are among the GOP’s most influential members, and it’s unclear whether their demands will receive any consideration in the GOP-controlled Congress.
If the GOP does indeed move to repeal Obamacare, it could be the beginning of a new era for the party, as it’s unlikely the party would even try to pass a bill in the first place if they knew it would be defeated.
In fact, many GOP lawmakers are reportedly calling for the president to keep the Affordable Care Act and not bring any other changes to it, arguing that the health care system is not broken and that the president is “not in a position to make any major policy changes to the health of the country.”
In other words, Republicans could get rid of Obamacare and then get to work on other things, like tax reform.
But for now, the health system is still under attack.
A growing number of Americans are calling on Trump to do more to help the vulnerable and struggling middle class.
On Saturday afternoon, Democratic lawmakers from the House of Representatives and Senate joined together to call for the administration to take on the opioid crisis, which is currently costing the nation nearly $500 billion a year.
While the GOP has a majority in both chambers of Congress, the Democrats and Republicans have been working on a budget that would address the opioid epidemic, which has killed nearly 40,000 people over the past five years.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representative would likely push the Trump administration to do the same by extending Medicaid coverage to the millions of Americans who rely on it, which would help close the $1.4 trillion hole that the administration currently faces in the budget.
The Trump administration has proposed $8 billion in additional funding for Medicaid expansion.
But the Senate is still working out its own budget.
And in the House, some Democrats are still hoping that the GOP might take up the issue of the opioid problem in a special session in the next two weeks, which the White House has said it will not do.
So it remains to be seen whether the president will be willing to use his power to help those who are struggling in this economy.
But even if he does, his actions could still be seen as symbolic.
The health care overhaul, which Trump has called the most important piece of his agenda, could be an important symbol of the president in the eyes of voters, because it’s likely to be unpopular among voters.
If Republicans pass a budget this year, they’ll likely be seen by many voters as doing just that.
But if they don’t, they will be seen, like the tea party, for what they are: a political party that is out of touch with the majority of Americans.