It’s been noted by policy experts, like Dick Morris, that ObamaCare is essentially Medicaid- given to those living below the poverty line and forced on those living above the poverty line. Now, Kellyanne Conway is saying the same thing, not for the first time, and the liberal media is behaving as if she has drowned a basket of kittens.
Conway told Fox & Friends, “Medicaid is intended for the needy, the elderly, and the sick.”
She was later forced to defend her comments when she was accused of lying when she said that people who receive Medicaid benefits now would not lose those benefits.
No one—including the President and Conway is denying that those in need should be given Medicaid. The program is a longstanding institution and is not at issue when the topic of the Affordable Care Act is raised. Conway went to some length to clarify that replacing ObamaCare is not about taking the needy and the elderly off the program- it is about alleviating the millions of people who do not need it and cannot afford its inflated premiums.
Conway explained that people who can afford a cheaper alternative are being forced to pay for coverage packages that they don’t want, see doctors that they did not choose, and pay premiums that are exorbitantly high.
“It’s not a lie,” she said. “[The reform healthcare bill] 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. Also, Medicaid continues to be funded.”
Earlier, Conway had told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” “If you’re on Medicaid through the ObamaCare expansion, you’re grandfathered in. We’re talking about in the future.”
She expanded on this during her discussion with Fox & Friends saying, “Over time, the program as it stands would be unsustainable and unaffordable because ObamaCare failed to bring the costs down. States are having a very difficult time meeting its demands.”
“We’re not talking about the elderly, children, pregnant women, or the disabled,” she continued. “If you’re able-bodied and would like to find employer-sponsored benefits then you should be able to do that.”
As per usual, these comments were interpreted by left-leaning commentators to mean that the poor and the ill should have to get out and go to work to pay for their own medical care. Conway’s exasperation at the misconstruing of her statements was palpable.
Conway told the hosts that she was not going to allow Trump’s many political opponents to call her a liar just because they refuse to “do their homework and find out what is actually happening to Medicaid.”
She insisted that in order for Medicaid to remain sustainable, the replacement bill would have to go into effect as soon as possible. She pointed out that in 2016, 20 million people opted out of the Affordable Care Act and 6.5 million chose to pay the tax penalty for not having insurance rather than pay the enormous premiums the program demands.
Conway condemned the abusive fines and fees associated with Obamacare saying, “You know what they could have done with that money? Bought healthcare through the open market. Eighty-three insurers left the exchanges last year with two dozen more promising to do so next year. ObamaCare is collapsing. It has benefited some. But millions of others were left out.”
She also spoke about some of the comments made by Senator Dick Durbin, who accused the President of undermining the healthcare of millions of Americans. Conway said, “What is Durbin doing? What are Democrats doing to improve healthcare? How can he deny the fact that millions of Americans have chosen to leave ObamaCare to fork over hard earned money in penalties rather than to partake of this system?”
In addition to the objections forwarded by Conway, legal experts have also noted the following legal arguments against the individual mandate written into the ACA:
- ItThreatens the Foundations of Contract Law
- It Cannot Be Justified Under Existing Supreme Court Precedent
- It Rests on an Unbounded and Unprincipled Assertion of Federal Power
- It Violates the Original Meaning of the Constitution
It was for these reasons that conservatives opposed the ACA from the outset. The mandatory nature of the bill is unAmerican on its face- forcing people to submit to an insurance package or pay fines in the form of taxes.
It exemplifies precisely the sort of disregard for property rights and personal sovereignty that is so typical of left-wing thought.
~ American Liberty Report