Protect Public Health, Veto Trump’s Budget

Target: Thad Cochran, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations

Goal: Reject a proposed budget that attacks all facets of public health.

While the military benefits from a boost of 700 billion dollars and upper-income focused tax cuts claim another 500-plus billion, funds  in the Trump administration’s newly proposed budget will be funneled from healthcare, safety, and food subsidy programs. The budget’s drafters  label the 42 percent worth of cuts as “non-defense discretionary spending.”  Others, however, would rightly label these cuts as a heartless offense with dangerous consequences for public health.

The largest target is also the most frequent target of this administration: healthcare. Deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and current healthcare subsides represent the latest tactic to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Millions of low-income and older Americans will feel this impact the hardest. Over the next ten years, it is projected that nearly 1.5 trillion dollars will be stripped from federal Medicaid funding. The cuts present a clear and present danger not only to traditional healthcare but to the mental health and addiction treatment programs that rely on these funds to stay operational. For an administration that seemingly wants to prioritize mental illness, these steps would prove counterproductive in the worst way.

Other major public health components, safety and sustenance, will suffer major blows as well if Trump’s budget passes. The government places a premium on national defense spending, yet it does not demonstrate the same obligation to  communities. Among the other proposed cuts is a slashing of 25 million dollars from a grant program centered on improving school safety and a complete federal cut-off for the School Emergency Response to Violence program. And in regards to two of the major foundations of an individual’s wellness, food and shelter, the government under the proposed budget would provide low-income families with a  one-quarter reduction in food stamps aid and a 20 percent loss in housing assistance. Instead, the government will gift these individuals with a box of pre-selected products as part of its USDA foods packages program.

We can also likely forget about studying the real-world effects of these proposals because the budget also attacks funding for scientific research at leading organizations like the National Institute of Health. While the consequences of passing this budget may be unknown, the ever-present dangers are not.

Sign the petition below and demand lawmakers reject a budget that is detrimental to the health of our country and its citizens.


Dear Chairman Cochran,

Now more than ever, public health and safety are the rallying calls of citizens across our country. Congress has earned a reputation for inaction, but in some instances this inaction could prove helpful. Consider this when you consider the White House budget plan.

Medicare, Medicaid, the National Institute of Health, the School Emergency Response to Violence: would you dispute that any of these organizations and programs offer value to our country? Each of these valuable initiatives, and so many more, are in imminent danger from a budget that promotes our country’s defense but takes multiple measures to weaken it. Medicaid alone funds essential programs that get to the heart of our nation’s most pressing issues, from substance abuse to school violence to mental health. Without the support of federal funds, many of these programs will fall by the wayside….as will the millions of Americans impacted by cuts in healthcare aid.

Congress took the necessary inaction last year through its rejection of the budget. Do the same this year for the good of every person you are elected to serve.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: James Gathany

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  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    veto trump rule.

  2. Signed @ 555 signatures. Please sign.

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