Donald Trump says that his newly released 2018 budget does not cut Social Security. Don’t believe it.
Throughout the campaign Trump claimed that he was the only Republican candidate who would protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Yet, his new budget includes $1.7 trillion in cuts to critical programs including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicaid.
If he hadn’t noticed, the first two words in SSDI are Social Security.
Trump is trying to spin this and claim that he’s still protecting Social Security and Medicare. But we’re not fooled!
Let’s be very clear: Cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance are cuts to Social Security. SSDI is insurance that workers earn with every paycheck, providing critical financial support for disabled workers and their families.
The average monthly SSDI benefit for a disabled worker is just $1,171.52―or about $14,000 a year. Trump and Republicans believe that by targeting disabled workers and low-income families―some of the most economically vulnerable members of our society―he’ll be able to successfully divide the American people and get away with breaking his campaign promise.