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Kellyanne Conway Claims GOP Healthcare Bill That Cuts Medicaid Has No ‘Cuts To Medicaid’


Kellyanne Conway Claims GOP Healthcare Bill That Cuts Medicaid Has No ‘Cuts To Medicaid’

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway falsely claimed on Sunday that the Senate health care bill does not propose deep cuts to Medicaid, despite projections that it would cut the federal health insurance program by $800 billion.

“These are not cuts to Medicaid,” Conway said to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday.

“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,” she said.

When pressed by Stephanopoulos on how the proposal doesn’t amount to cuts when it directly curtails funding for Medicaid, Conway claimed that the administration sees its actions as putting Medicaid back to pre-Obamacare levels.

“We don’t see them as cuts, it’s slowing the rate of growth in the future and getting Medicaid back to where it was,” she said.

The Hill adds:

The Republican measure phases out the federal funding for ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid, which has provided coverage for about 11 million people in 31 states. The funding will phase out over four years from 2020 to 2024, which is less than the seven-year phaseout pushed by more moderate Republicans.

The measure includes deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House bill, which started in 2025. Starting in that year, the cap on Medicaid payments would start growing at a slower rate, known as CPI-U, leading to deeper cuts over time.

ABC adds:

So far five Republican senators have announced their opposition to the bill in its current form, and some others have said they are still reviewing the bill. That leaves in question whether the bill can win the support of at least 50 of the 52 Republicans in the Senate needed for it to pass, with Vice President Pence casting the tiebreaking vote.


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