The proposed federal budget unveiled on Tuesday includes cuts to Medicaid that would hurt New Jersey more than any other state, according to NJ.com.
Despite Donald Trump’s campaign promises that Medicaid would not be cut, the budget proposed by the White House includes $839 billion in cuts to the program, which provided medical care to the poor, disabled and elderly.
This proposal comes on the heels of the House of Representatives passing the American Health Care Act, which would leave an estimated 24 million Americans without health insurance. New Jersey residents would see a 20 percent drop in Medicaid fund, on average,
Governor Chris Christie, a Trump supporter, acknowledged he was worried about the budget’s proposed cuts. The budget would remove $30 billion in federal funding from New Jersey in the next ten years.
The cuts will hammer lower-income New Jersey residents financially as well as cost the state an estimated 86,000 jobs in 2019, primarily in the health care industry.