Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway rejected claims that the Senate Republicans’ health care bill would cut funding for Medicaid, even though projections show that it would remove $800 billion from the program’s spending.
In an interview with ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Conway declared “These are not cuts to Medicaid.”
During the interview, Stephanopoulos accused the GOP bill of cutting $800 billion in Medicaid funding, which contradicts Trump’s promise in the campaign trail of “Save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security without cuts.”
Conway disagreed with the host by saying “This slows the rate for the future and it allows governors more flexibility for the future with Medicaid dollars.”
She added that the previous administration had expanded Medicaid in a way that doesn’t benefit the American people.
This week, the Congressional Budget Office is set release its analysis of the Senate bill. It previously estimated that the House version of the bill would remove $880 billion from the federal health insurance program.
The Daily Caller reports:
Conway said the bill will fix several issues that Obamacare failed to. “Last year we had 6.5 million Americans pay close to $3 billion dollars in taxes to the IRS just to opt out of Obamacare. Those people instead of paying money to the IRS could use that money to purchase healthcare.” Conway explained that “In addition, premiums were supposed to go down under Obamacare but they have more than doubled. Choices were supposed to expand but they’ve been reduced.”