Trump shifts meaning of ‘Drain the Swamp’ from ethics to anything he objects to

An Obamacare sign used by UniVista Insurance in Miami to sell health plans.

An Obamacare sign used by UniVista Insurance in Miami to sell health plans. (Getty Images)

Even as prospects for a new Republican push to roll back the Affordable Care Act remain dim, the White House is doubling down on the repeal effort, calling for massive cuts to healthcare assistance in its 2019 budget.

The budget blueprint – which lays out a host of Trump administration healthcare proposals – outlines nearly $1.5 trillion in cuts over the next decade to Medicaid, the government health plan for the poor.

And it would slash almost $700 billion in federal healthcare spending that helps low- and moderate-income Americans who rely on insurance marketplaces created by the 2010 healthcare law, often called Obamacare.

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