Ms. Liar Pants never let a fact get in her way of offering an alternative fact.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was interviewed by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday and claimed that the Senate ‘health care’ bill does not propose cuts to Medicaid, even though estimates say the program would be cut by $800 billion. The House version of the bill was projected by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to cut the program by $834 billion over a decade. The CBO will release its findings on the Senate bill this week. Either way, it’s too steep and people will die as a result. And, either way, Trump vowed repeatedly to not cut Medicaid.
Here is just one example of many:
I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2015
“These are not cuts to Medicaid,” Conway told Stephanopoulos, according to ABC News.
“This slows the rate for the future and it allows governors more flexibility for the future with Medicaid dollars,” she said.
“If you are currently in Medicaid, if you became [a recipient] … through the Obamacare expansion, you are grandfathered in. We’re talking about in the future,” Conway said.
Stephanopoulos pressed on, asking how the plan doesn’t amount to cuts when it directly curtails funding for Medicaid.
According to Conway, the Trump administration is just putting Medicaid to the pre-Obamacare levels so their proposal is not really cutting the direly needed program.
“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.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Team Trump have a few obstacles in their way. It will only take two Republicans to oppose the bill to stop it from becoming law.
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.
Conway said the former reality show star is open to negotiations.
“The president is prepared to have a conversation and discussion and negotiation with those senators and others,” she said of the five Republican Senators who oppose the bill in its current form.
“He hopes to get to yes,” Conway said of Trump. “We’re very open.”
Quick question: How much did Kellyanne sell her soul for?
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