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As the number of seniors has increased, so has the number of people, particularly the very old, who need food. Yet over the years, increases in federal funding — funneled primarily through the Older Americans Act, which accounts for about 35 percent of the budgets of the nation’s roughly 5,000 meal programs — have not kept pace with the need, as I reported for The Nation in 1998 and 2013.
Mike Williams, an Indiana man whose 88-year-old father receives meals, recently sent an email that speaks to the program’s results. His father, he said, is dependent on the program and “very concerned he may lose this service.” Williams told me he is his father’s only child and still working, and it would be nearly impossible to replace the daily delivery. “Not only does the service provide him with a good, nutritious meal, but the added benefit of having the delivery person touch base with him is a blessing. I find comfort in knowing he is having another real person liven up his day.”
President Donald Trump's budget plans to cut the Children's Health Insurance Program by at least 20% over the next two fiscal years and slash Medicaid, which covers millions more children. Millions of poor and working families could lose their health coverage if his proposed budget, released Tuesday and called "A New Foundation for American Greatness," gets through as-is. It would hit children's health care hard and break Trump's campaign promise to "save" Medicaid "without cuts."
While hardworking families struggle to afford child care in Trump swing counties, people in Trump’s former Manhattan neighborhood will receive thousands of dollars under his plan. The typical family of four with two young children on the Upper East Side earns about $295,000 a year. A family with that much income, deducting the average cost of child care for two children in New York, would receive a net benefit of $7,329 from the Trump child care plan. Even wealthier families would get an even bigger tax cut, since the Trump child care tax deduction is available to those earning up to half a million dollars.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: olaru12
This only seems like a problem to people that feel the world owes them.
originally posted by: MOMof3
a reply to: grainofsand
Who really cares. When a nation can't take care its old, young, and war veterans, it is a failed state. If people don't want socialism, stop warring and feed people. Socialism, socialism, socialism. Just like the four letter F word, its just a word.
The majority of Meals on Wheels programs get most of their federal funding through the Administration for Community Living, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services that serves the elderly and disabled. That agency has a $227 million line-item for "home-delivered nutrition services."
originally posted by: grainofsand
a reply to: olaru12
So a life saving or health beneficial service which is funded by tax dollars yes?
Smells socialist as # to me, as socialist as universal healthcare...I assume you support an argument for both services then?
originally posted by: olaru12
Even Military Veteran benefits are being cut, the Health care Veterans Administration is being cut. As a Vet, yes I support taking care of people that paid into the system either with $$$, time, or blood. I have done them all as a Veteran.
I don't care if you want to call it socialist. I call it Humanitarian.
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
a reply to: WUNK22
There are many Americans, even right here on ATS, that leave me with the impression that non-Americans are more important than Americans regarding every aspect of existing on this planet. For instance, many of these folks I refer to believe with all their hearts and minds that someone in the US illegally should be treated better as well as being afforded all the rights and privileges of actual citizens - especially if those citizens are politically opposite or not-the-right-religion to these Americans who prefer non-Americans to Americans.
It's sad that a lack of education, a weak mind and lots of belief in state sanctioned propaganda leads these folks to think that citizens should be kicked-out so non-citizens can take their place.