Conway Defends GOP Health Care Bill: 'ObamaCare Has Robbed People of Choices'
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, is taking some criticism for claiming that the Senate health care bill does not include cuts to Medicaid.
"These are not cuts to Medicaid," Conway said on ABC's "This Week." "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."
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Host George Stephanopoulos argued that $800 billion in “savings” seems an awful lot like cuts.
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.
"If you're able-bodied and you would like to go find employment and have employer-sponsored benefits, then you should be able to do that," Conway said. "I'm not going to allow people and detractors and Trump haters to call me a liar because they don't want to do the homework and look at what's actually happening to Medicaid."
She added that these Medicaid savings must happen to keep the program sustainable long-term.
"Let's remember why we're doing this: ObamaCare is unaffordable, unsustainable," Conway said, pointing out that millions of Americans have opted out of ObamaCare, while dozens of insurers have left the exchanges.
She said ObamaCare is collapsing, and while it has benefited some Americans, millions of others were left out of the process. That's why it's imperative to pass the Republican health care bill, she said.
"This is to improve healthcare, to make it more free market, more patient-centric, to give people more choices. ObamaCare has robbed people of choices."
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