The proposed budget was written without consideration for special interests or lobbies and is beholden only to the people, Office of Budget and Management Director Mick Mulvaney told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
When asked how Trump could propose slashing programs that benefitted common people while himself going on expensive jaunts most weekends to his resort in Florida, Mulvaney sidestepped the question several times, instead giving an example of how he thought the White House itself is cutting back.
“I don’t have a business card to give you today, because at the Office of Management and Budget we have to pay for our own business cards," Mulvaney said. “So it does start at home, it’s already started.”
Regarding the Republican health care plan, Mulvaney insisted that low income voters who backed Trump “will be immediately better off,” despite a report from the Congressional Budget Office estimating that some 14 million would lose coverage within the next year and that for others, health care coverage would be more expensive.
He explained that “the estimates are not just reflecting the true bill,” because they do not take into account planned regulatory reform or amendments that have been made recently in the proposal.
Mulvaney also said the estimates focus on what it costs to buy health insurance coverage, but when it comes to being able to go to the doctor, he said, “the real question is when you get sick, will you be able to get care.”
He went on to promise that “The president knows… who his voters are and we’re going to take care of them no question,” explaining the administration would do so “the same way that we’ve taken care of people for a long time in this country, which is through competition.”
Mulvaney said, “Part of the problem with Obamacare right now - and I’ve discovered this firsthand, I live in South Carolina - we’re down to one provider. You can imagine what that does to price competition on costs: it doesn’t do anything but increase the costs. And one of the key points of the plan that is in the Republican House right now is that it is going to encourage more competition, which will lower the cost for everybody, not just Trump voters.”
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