Budget plans target Medicare, Medicaid

Budget plans target Medicare, Medicaid June 2015
Budget plans target Medicare, Medicaid June 2015

The Senate has joined the House in passing an austere spending blueprint that trims support for Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs. 

Republicans say it's important to relieve the burden of debt that continues to be passed on to future generations.

“That's really unconscionable, to keep spending money and then send the bill to our kids and grandkids and say: ‘You pay it. We had a good time. Good luck,'” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

Democrats said the measure guts programs that help the poor and middle class while leaving tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. The latter includes a proposal to eliminate taxes on multimillion-dollar inheritances.

“This is an absolute disaster for the working families of this country,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Many providers may feel similarly outraged by plans laid out.