President Donald Trump has unveiled his spending priorities for 2019, releasing a budget that would eliminate 22 programs and agencies — including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality — and dramatically reduce funding for others.
Last weekend's Camp David retreat has Republicans rethinking their earlier ambitions to reform safety-net programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, fearing a lack of support heading into midterm election season.
President Trump is no fan of regulations, and long-term care operators have more than their fair share to contend with. So it's a welcome breeze when Trump says he wants to start eliminating some regulations. But the industry ought to do something more on its own.
There's an old saying in Chicago politics: Once you're bought, stay bought. In other words, if you are being paid to behave a certain way, don't flip-flop. Those who would like to think they understand our new president would do well to keep that adage in mind.
It's interesting to see how this sector has generally responded to Donald Trump's recent presidential victory. In some quarters, demonstrators have taken to the streets. Others are predicting Armageddon. As for the long-term care sector's response? You might say the silence has been just about deafening. So was the field pulling for Trump all along?