Outcry over Trump's cuts to Medicare hospital payments

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WASHINGTON (AP) As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid.

Once in the White House, Mr. Trump reneged on his promise not to cut Medicaid for low-income people.

Now he's being criticized for steep Medicare payment cuts to hospitals proposed in his new budget.

The head of a major hospital association says in a blog that the impact on care for seniors would be "devastating."

"Hospitals are less and less able to cover the cost of care for Medicare patients; it is no time to gut Medicare," says Chip Kahn of the Federation of American Hospitals.

The budget calls for $845 billion over 10 years in Medicare spending reductions.

The White House says that doesn't reflect benefit cuts but makes better use of taxpayers' dollars.