Ms. Alternative Facts is at it again. While appearing on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway claimed that the cuts to Medicaid that go along with the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill aren’t actually cuts to Medicaid — and no, her reasoning doesn’t make this belligerent lie make anything close to sense.
She told Stephanopoulos:
‘These are not cuts to Medicaid. This slows the rate for the future and it allows governors more flexibility with Medicaid dollars, because they’re closest to the people in need.’
The thing is, the provisions of the American Health Care Act literally are cuts to Medicaid.
Conway went on to try and justify her outright lie by claiming that the cuts to Medicaid aren’t really cuts to Medicaid because the cuts, in her view, return the program to its supposed original purpose of caring for the “poor, the sick, the needy, the disabled, children, some elderly, women, particularly pregnant women.” She says that the Affordable Care Act opened up Medicaid to people who should, in her view, look for other options for health insurance.
That’s somewhat of a logically follow-able argument, but the cuts to Medicaid that are inherent in the GOP health bill are still cuts to Medicaid. No amount of logical maneuvering can turn the cuts to Medicaid inherent in the GOP Obamacare replacement bill into something else. The Trump Administration should really find someone else to fill these Sunday show timeslots because Kellyanne is just making herself look like an idiot.
Stephanopoulos told Conway point blank, “Kellyanne, I don’t know how you can say that more than $800 billion in savings is not cuts.”
Under the GOP health bill, the Obamacare-fueled Medicaid expansion which has provided health coverage to more than 11 million people would be phased out over time. These 11 million people would subsequently lose their health insurance.
Conway eventually claimed that everyone who is on Medicaid now would be “grandfathered in” and wouldn’t lose their insurance, but as Stephanopoulos told her point blank, “That simply is not factual if you have more than $800 billion dollars in cuts.”
Watch a portion of Conway’s conversation with Stephanopoulos below:
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 25, 2017
Featured Image via Screenshot from the Video.