Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, thinks that the GOP’s Medicaid cuts are in fact not cuts. Conway discussed the Tea Party’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ This Week.
A Highly Controversial Healthcare Reform
The GOP’s healthcare reform bill, aka Trumpcare, has been widely criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle and several people in the Trump administration. At one point, even the President called the House version of the plan “mean” for taking healthcare access from millions of Americans.
Trumpcare would lead to higher costs for the already sick, poor, and the elderly, while generously cutting taxes for the ultra-rich. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that around 20 million Americans would lose health insurance in a decade.
Fortunately, five Republicans in the U.S. Senate threatened not to back the bill. If those five refuse to vote, the bill cannot pass. Republicans can safely lose only two votes, and no Democrat is expected to help them get the bill through the Senate.
The Senators are concerned that the bill would severely trim Medicaid, even though Trump promised on the campaign trail not to touch the program. Surprisingly, the President backs the bill even though the final version would be even “meaner” when it comes to Medicaid cuts.
The House version of Trumpcare immediately ceased federal funding for the Medicaid expansion to low-income Americans that are not physically disabled. The Senate version would phase out the funding.
Conway was asked why Trump is not sticking to his campaign promise to not touch Medicaid. Stephanopoulos underlined that the President supports the bill’s passage despite Medicaid funding being slashed by 800 billion dollars.
Conway’s response was at least confusing:
These are not cuts to Medicaid. This slows the rate for the future and it allows governors more flexibility for the future with Medicaid dollars because they’re closer to the people in need.
She added that anyone who’s currently on Medicaid would be “grandfathered in” so the changes would apply only to cases in the future.
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