‘It’s Not a Lie’: Kellyanne Conway Defends Comment that No One Will Lose Medicaid Coverage


Health care reform — or more specifically, the GOP’s promised repeal and replacement of Obamacare — is at a fever pitch in Washington D.C. right now, and Kellyanne Conway‘s appearance yesterday on ABC’s This Week raised a lot of eyebrows. Her specific comment regarding theoretical Medicaid cuts in the Senate health care bill evoked for many then-President Obama‘s “promise” of keeping your doctor, keeping your plan.

Conway said yesterday “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,” which is a clip that has been aired repeatedly on CNN and MSNBC this morning in a not-so-subtle “gotcha” manner.

Conway appeared this morning on Fox & Friends to clarify her comments. Co-host Ainsley Earhardt set Conway up in the most positive light, saying “if you watch the mainstream media this morning. They are saying that you were caught in a lie. So, let’s let you set the record straight.”

And so, Conway did her best to clarify her remarks, saying:

It’s not a lie. 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 as they — because they are closest to the people in need. Also, Medicaid continues to be funded. Medicaid over time would be unsustainable and unaffordable because ObamaCare failed to bring the costs down for healthcare, so the states are having very difficult time meeting the bills. Medicaid is intended for the poor, the needy, and the sick.

What it’s done under ObamaCare it’s expanded the Medicaid pool of people who, quote, qualified beyond that. So if you have an able bodied American not poor, sick, needy. We’re not talking about the elderly, the children, the pregnant women, the disabled. If you are able-bodied and you would like to go and find employment and employer sponsored benefits then you should be able to do that.

Critics will almost certainly point out that able-bodied individuals don’t need health care coverage until they are sick. And while it’s still unclear exactly how the GOP healthcare bills currently in legislation will effect both sick and able-bodied individuals currently 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.

Watch the clip above courtesy of Fox News.

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