The Trump budget does proposeoutright cuts: Much of its Medicare spending reductions would comefrom reduced payments to health-care providers. (Image:Shutterstock)

Democrats called President Donald Trump's budget “dead on arrival” when itlanded in Congress last week, and they are almost surely correct.After all, Congress, not the president, controls actual spendinglevels.

But that doesn't mean Trump's plan for fiscal year 2020 shouldbe ignored. Instead, it can be seen as a reflection of his 2020campaign priorities. That is why it was startling to see more than$800 billion in proposed cuts to Medicare funding over the next 10 years.

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