Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Conway Defends GOP Health Care Bill: 'ObamaCare Has Robbed People of Choices'

Conway Defends GOP Health Care Bill: 'ObamaCare Has Robbed People of Choices'

In an interview on ABC's This Week on Sunday, Conway, counselor to President Trump, said that Obamacare expanded Medicaid to those who did not truly need it, because they were able to work.

Stephanopoulos briefly put words into Conway's mouth by bringing up a hypothetical example of a 15-year-old kid on Medicaid who wouldn't qualify for most (or any) jobs with insurance coverage. However, the Senate bill would allow states to apply for waivers so insurance companies could deny coverage for a list of Essential Health Benefits, including outpatient, mental health, maternity, and emergency room care, among others.

"If they are able-bodied and they want to work, then they'll have employer-sponsored benefits like you and I do".

'So if you have an able-bodied American who is not poor, sick, needy - we're not talking about the elderly, the children, the pregnant woman, the disabled - if you're able-bodied and you would like to go find employment and have employer-sponsored benefits than you should be able to do that and maybe you belong, as Secretary Price has made clear, in other places, ' Conway said.

On Monday, Conway explained the comments, telling Fox News that Medicaid, "over time, would be unsustainable and unaffordable because Obamacare failed to bring the costs down. the states are having very hard time meeting the bills".

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If only it were that easy.

Analysis conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the majority of Medicaid recipients are working families, CNBC reports. Their jobs, however, do not offer health insurance. And then you have these five Republicans saying they're not going to support it.

"It slows the rate for the future, and it allows governors more flexibility with Medicaid dollars, because they're closest to the people in need", she told ABC's George Stephanopolous.

Both proposals would fundamentally change Medicaid by ending the federal government's open-ended commitment to providing its share of funding for the program, no matter how many people become eligible and no matter how much their care ends up costing.

Donald Trump's senior aide Kellyanne Conway appeared on the pro-Trump Fox News to continue the administration's attacks on Medicaid recipients. Medicaid over time would be unsustainable and unaffordable. But when the CBO analyzed the House version of the legislation, which envisions slightly less severe cuts over time, it predicted the bill would mean 14 million fewer Americans would have coverage under Medicaid by 2026.

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