Kellyanne Conway: People Who Lose Medicaid Coverage Can Get a Job


Ms. Conway declined to admit that proposed Medicaid cuts would result in current enrollees losing coverage because she said those who were covered under Medicaid expansion were not the program's intended participants.

This, however, is not an article about media critique.

It's not a lie. "This slows the rate for the future, and it allows governors more flexibility for the future with Medicaid dollars". Also, Medicaid continues to be funded.

Appearing on ABC "This Week" program, Conway faced tough questions about steep cuts to Medicaid in the Better Health Care Act ― the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act that Senate Republican leaders released on Thursday and hope to bring to a vote this week.

The House proposal includes a grandfather clause that allows people covered by expanded Medicaid as of December 31, 2019, to continue to qualify for a 90 percent federal match rate.

The bill further ends Medicaid's days as an open-ended promise to cover a certain percentage of a state's costs. Obamacare expanded the pool of Medicaid recipients beyond its original intentions. I'm very concerned about the cost of insurance for older people with serious, chronic illnesses. Conway cited 113 House Democrats signing on to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' health care bill as evidence that an increasingly large number of opposition members recognize the imminent implosion of Obamacare.

MARTIN: So this isn't exactly a new argument, but Diane Rowland of the Kaiser Family Foundation says there are big holes in it, mainly this one.

ROWLAND: I think many people do not understand what it's like to be low-income. (A 2015 study estimated that half of those enrolled in Medicaid from 2004 to 2008 lost eligibility within 12 months for a variety of reasons.) The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities figures that by 2027, only 100,000 of those now enrolled in the Medicaid expansion would still have coverage, meaning that everyone else would have less of their cost of care covered by the federal government.

"Well, you said everybody who is on Medicaid now is grandfathered in and is not going to face any cuts, and that simply is not factual if you have more than $800 billion in cuts", Stephanopolous said. But the reduction in federal funding as above would also mean states would face significantly higher cost, even while, as Conway argues, it's already the case that "states are having a very hard time meeting the bills".

The bill also makes federal payments to expansion states less generous. She went on to explain, "the Senate bill is going to have more of impact on the Medicaid program than even the House bill". "Is the GOP misleading Americans about what's actually in this bill?"

Point being, spending increases under either scenario, it just increases at a far slower rate under the Senate bill.

Here's how each of those indexes has changed since the passage of Obamacare, for example. The Senate bill eliminates that option as of January 2018.

"It's not a lie", Conway insisted.

Watch the clip above courtesy of Fox NEws.