In 2017, CNN ran an article about two women in Ohio that voted for Donald Trump, but expressed regret for doing so because he, like the politicians that he attacked during his 2016 presidential campaign, failed to deliver on his promises.
“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” he told supporters in 2015.
But, as one of the two women, Krista Shockey, found to her surprise in 2017, Trump had proposed cutting Medicaid by roughly $800 billion over the next 10 years and $70 billion from Social Security Disability Insurance over the next decade as well.
She said she was shocked at the proposal and deeply hurt because she depends on food stamps and SSDI to survive.
“It’s my only income. I couldn’t live. There’s no way I could go back to work. I’ve got a lot of problems. I’m crippled in my feet, knees, back, hands,” said Shockey in 2017.
Three years later, poor Trump supporters are still grappling with Trump’s attempts to slash the safety net.
In his 2020 budget proposal, Trump has suggested cutting Medicaid spending by $1.5 trillion in the next decade (instead spending $1.2 trillion for block-grant programs to local state governments), Social Security by $25 billion, and Medicare by $845 billion.
The Federation of American Hospitals called Trump’s reforms “devastating for seniors,” 53 percent of whom supported the billionaire businessman in his 2016 campaign.