Appearing on ABC’s This Week, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tried to make the case that the Medicaid cuts in Senate Republicans’ new health care proposal weren’t actually Medicaid cuts.
Host George Stephanopoulos pressed Conway on President Donald Trump’s looking to break his promise to not cut Medicaid considering the Senate bill actually has deeper cuts to the program than the previously passed House plan.
“These are not cuts to Medicaid, George,” Conway responded. “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 host pushed back, wondering aloud how Conway was able to say that $800 billion in savings wasn’t considered a cut. He also pointed to statements made by GOP senators who have said these are indeed cuts to the program.
“If you’re currently in Medicaid, if you became a Medicaid recipient through the Obamacare expansion, you’re grandfathered in. We’re talking about in the future,” she stated.
Later on in the program, Stephanopoulos had on Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a moderate who has expressed deep reservations about the bill. Regarding Conway’s comments, she said: “I respectfully disagree with her analysis.”
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Watch the interview with Conway above, via ABC News.
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