Sunday morning, Trump and his spin doctors hit the circuit, touting the Better Care Reconciliation Act (also known as the Senate version of AHCA). Trump even went on Fox and Friends and discussed the bill while he railed against Democrats who oppose it.
Kellyanne Conway’s Claims
On ABC’s This Week, Kellyanne Conway showed up to defend the healthcare bill that will likely leave tens of millions of Americans without healthcare coverage.
She insisted that Medicaid would not be cut. Of course, this is an outright lie. Unfortunately, she then went on to shame the people who will lose their assistance using the least accurate Medicaid myth.
“Obamacare took Medicaid, which was designed to help the poor, the needy, the sick, disabled, also children and pregnant women, he took it and went way above the poverty line to many able-bodied Americans, they should probably find other — at least see if there are other options for them. If they are able-bodied and they want to work, then they’ll have employer-sponsored benefits like you, and I do.”
This is a woefully inaccurate assumption. The truth is most Americans have neither the six-figure salary or the benefits that Conway enjoys. Medicaid expansion creates a safety net for working families who are living at the poverty line or slightly above. Millions of “able-bodied” individuals work at jobs that pay minimally and do not offer medical insurance as an employee benefit.
The Kaiser Family Foundation research shows Conway’s assertion that people are just too lazy to get jobs and therefore health coverage is false. They found, “Among Medicaid adults (including parents and childless adults — the group targeted for the Medicaid expansion) nearly 8 in 10 live in working families, and a majority are working themselves. Fifty-nine percent of them work either part or full time. Their jobs, however, do not offer health insurance.”