Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway stopped by “Fox & Friends” Monday morning to discuss, among other things, the health care bill currently working its way through the Senate.
Just a day before, Conway, making the rounds on the Sunday talk shows, said that there would be no cuts to Medicaid. In response to her comments, many media outlets were quick to point out that that bit of information was not true.
Conway used her time on “Fox & Friends” to address those accusations:
“It’s not a lie. In fact, this is slowing the growth of Medicaid and allowing governors more flexibility in their states to be able to give the dollars out as they — because they are closest to the people in need. Also, Medicaid continues to be funded.
Medicaid over time would be unsustainable and unaffordable because ObamaCare failed to bring the costs down for health care, so the states are having very difficult time meeting the bills. Medicaid is intended for the poor, the needy, and the sick. What it’s done under Obamacare it’s expanded the Medicaid pool of people who, quote, qualified beyond that so, if you have an able bodied American not poor, sick, needy.”
She would then double down on the sentiment that her initial comments were not a lie: “I’m not going to allow people and detractors and Trump-haters to call me a liar because they don’t want to do their homework and look at what is actually happening to Medicaid. Medicaid also is to keep it sustainable long term, this has to happen.”
The Senate’s health care bill rolls back Medicaid similar to how the House bill did, but does so over a longer period of time — over a course of three years beginning in 2020. Additionally, cuts made would be deeper than those found in the original House bill. By phasing out the expansion that was a part of Obamacare, Medicaid would be reduced to 57 percent of its current funding within seven years.
“Let’s remember why we’re doing this,” Conway opined, “Obamacare is unaffordable, unsustainable.”