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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Cuts for Disabilities, Contracts for Consultants

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the issue's role in campaign politics.   In the 2016 campaign, a number of posts discussed Trump's bad record on disability issues more generally.   As his actions as president indicate, he has little use for Americans with disabilities.

This past spring, the Trump administration proposed big cuts for Medicaid and other programs that benefit people with autism and other disabilities.

Meanwhile, however, agency that runs Medicaid blew millions on PR consultants. Dan Diamond and Adam Cancryn at Politico:
At least eight former White House, presidential transition and campaign officials for President Donald Trump were hired as outside contractors to the federal health department at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, according to documents newly obtained by POLITICO.
They were among at least 40 consultants who worked on a one-year, $2.25 million contract directed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. The contractors were hired to burnish Verma’s personal brand and provide “strategic communications” support. They charged up to $380 per hour for work traditionally handled by dozens of career civil servants in CMS's communications department.