Trump Slashes Medical Research By 17% – Major Economic Problems In Future

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Donald Trump dropped a financial bomb on the public, when he slashed vital health research programs in his budget. He pulled billions of dollars from the health and well-being of middle and low-income workers and handed it back to the few richest families in the country. This huge cut is terrifying.

In his 2018 budget request, Trump burned $32 billion from health, disease, cancer, and heart disease research. He called it “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” but Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont called it “hocus pocus accounting” on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports show Wednesday.

Trump’s massive cuts include dropping the National Institutes of Health [NIH] from $31.8 billion down to $26 billion. He cut the National Cancer Institute by $1 billion, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases $838, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute $575 million.

The president’s budget cut $776 million or 11 percent out of the National Science Foundation [NSF]. The NSF gives out a wide assortment of scientific research grants. The Washington Post reported that the Director of Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a budget hawk, said during a White House briefing:

‘The National Science Foundation last year used your taxpayer money to fund a climate change musical. Do you think that’s a waste of your money?’

Mulvaney claimed that under President Barack Obama, the “pendulum went too far to one side:”

‘Does it mean that we are anti-science? Absolutely not. We are simply trying to get things back in order to where we can look at the folks who pay the taxes and say, “Look, yeah, we want to do some climate science. But we’re not going to do some of the crazy stuff the
previous administration did.”‘

Former U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden tweeted a rare condemnation of Trump’s budget, saying the massive cuts are:

‘Unsafe at any level of enactment. Would increase illness, death, risks to Americans, and health care costs.’

Later, Frieden tweeted his response to 45’s budget:

‘Devastates programs that protect Americans from cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and other deadly and expensive conditions.’

President of the American Heart Association Steven Houser said the Trump budget was “devastating” and “unconscionable.” Instead of cutting NIH’s budget, Houser beseeched Congress change from a $6 billion cut to a $2 billion increase.

CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former New Jersey congressman Rush Holt said Trump cuts federal research approximately 17 percent. The physicist worried about economic traps down the road the Washington Post reported:

‘There’s this rosy optimism that somehow growth will magically occur, and yet it cuts the principal source of that growth. [The cuts] “savage research. Economists are clear: That’s where we ultimately get our economic growth.’

Check out this video of Mulvaney defending Trumps budget:

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