"ObamaCare is unaffordable, unsustainable", Conway said during an interview on Fox News's "Fox & Friends".
But Conway's talking point mischaracterizes the life circumstances of most Medicaid recipients, a majority of whom work low-income jobs that don't offer health insurance and that keep them near the poverty line. "In fact, this is slowing the growth of Medicaid and allowing governors more flexibility in their states to be able to give the dollars because they are closest to the people in need".
It would be great to get Democrats to work with Republicans on healthcare, Conway noted. Those "should probably find other - at least see if there are other options for them". You need 50 votes from senators. Trumpcare 2.0 - the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act that Senate Republican leaders released last week. Under the Senate bill, like its House counterpart, the federal government would withdraw those extra funds, forcing most of the 31 states (plus the District of Columbia) that accepted the money to roll back their expansions partly or entirely.
Stephanopolous said there aren't 45 yeses, because several Republican senators have not said they would support the bill. "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".
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, is taking some criticism for claiming that the Senate health care bill does not include cuts to Medicaid.More news: North Korea carries out another rocket engine test
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'But I'm not going to allow people, and detractors and Trump haters to call me a liar because they do not want to do the homework and look at what is happening to Medicaid, ' Conway said.
Critics will nearly certainly point out that able-bodied individuals don't need health care coverage until they are sick. You yesterday on Sunday shows were saying that is not true, no cuts.
"Obamacare took Medicaid, which was created to help the poor, the needy, the elderly, the sick, disabled, also children and pregnant women, it took it and went way above the poverty line to many able-bodied Americans who should probably find other-at least see if there are other options for them", Conway told ABC's George Stephanopolous.
"Well, you said everybody who is on Medicaid now is grandfathered in and is not going to face any cuts, and that simply is not factual if you have more than $800 billion in cuts", Stephanopolous said.