In an effort to try and put a positive spin on a piece of legislation that would leave at least 23 million Americans without health insurance, the Trump administration put all of its biggest liars on the Sunday morning news shows.
Senior adviser Kellyanne “Cryptkeeper” Conway was the guest on This Week, where she attempted to defend the Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is also known as Trumpcare.
The main issue of contention when it comes to the AHCA is how steeply it would cut Medicaid, the program that provides health insurance for the most vulnerable in American society, including senior citizens who are in nursing homes. Host George Stephanopoulos asked Conway if it was fair to rip away healthcare from millions of needy people. Instead of answering, Conway attempted to blame President Obama:
“Obamacare took Medicaid, which was designed to help the poor, the needy, 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 at least see if there are other options for them.”
What options? Conway continued:
“If they are able-bodied and they want to work, then they’ll have employer-sponsored benefits like you and I do.”
But the facts prove what a complete line of horseshit Conway attempted to pass off as truth: Of the non-elderly adults who are on Medicaid and aren’t disabled, fully 79 of the recipients are in families where someone works, and 59 percent have jobs themselves.
Here’s the problem: Many temporary or part-time jobs don’t offer insurance coverage. Many contract or “gig” workers also don’t get insurance from the companies who pay for their services. So how exactly is everyone supposed to just go get a job that has insurance when there are only a limited number of such jobs available, and fewer each year as more companies eliminate full-time positions as a way to save money?
Conway has no answer to these questions. Neither does the president. And none of the Congressional Republicans have explained how to solve this problem, either.
Make no mistake: The GOP healthcare bill is just a way to cut hundreds of billions of dollars that Republicans then intend to use for a massive tax cut that benefits the top 1 percent of wage earners. You and I don’t matter because we aren’t rich enough. If we get sick or die, the GOP doesn’t give a diddly damn. To them, we are expendable.
Maybe it’s time we let these heartless Republican bastards know their political careers are expendable, too.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 25, 2017
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