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. "You keep calling them as cuts". "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 ... because they are closest to the people in need".
"I'm not going to comment on his conversations with his intelligence community", Conway said. And while its still unclear exactly how the GOP healthcare bills now in legislation will effect both sick and able-bodied individuals now covered by Obamacare's expanded Medicaid coverage, this clip feels like something we might see aired over and over again for the next few years. Susan Collins (R., Maine) what she thought of Conway's assessment of the Senate health care bill.
She then pushed back more forcefully.
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Analysts say the Senate health care bill could ultimately kill Medicaid for good.
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"Obamacare took Medicaid, which was created to help the poor, the needy, the sick, disabled, also children and pregnant women, it took it and went way above the poverty line and opened it up to many able-bodied Americans", she said.
Despite comments being made by the Trump administration, the legislation's proposed Medicaid cuts are the main reason some moderate Republican senators, many of whom represent states that benefit from Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, are hesitant to support the GOP bill.
On "Fox & Friends", Conway explained that ObamaCare expanded the pool of Medicaid recipients beyond its original intentions of the poor, the sick, the needy and the disabled. You yesterday on Sunday shows were saying that is not true, no cuts.
For those who have jobs that don't offer health insurance, she added, "Maybe you belong in other places". "When you get rid of these penalties, these taxes, when you open up the market, when you stop the insurers from leaving and just hemorrhaging out of the exchanges - you had 83 leave the markets last year, two dozen more, that will be over 100 by next year", she said.