KellyAnne Conway has her head so far up her rectum, she probably needs it surgically removed. Yesterday, on ABC’s “This Week,” she stated people on Medicaid who would lose coverage under the Republicans’ plan to repeal Obamacare could just get a job; that would provide them with health insurance. Sure, Kellyanne, it is that easy, right?
“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,” she said. They “should probably find other — at least see if there are other options for them.”
Conway went on: “If they are able-bodied and they want to work, then they’ll have employer-sponsored benefits like you and I do.” (CNBC)
Not to rain on her parade, but almost 80% of Medicaid recipients live in a household with at least one working adult; almost 60% work themselves. (Kaiser) The problem is many do not qualify for insurance via their jobs; Obamacare mandated that employers with over fifty employees provide insurance to employees who work a minimum of thirty hours per week. That leaves a lot of people without insurance. What about the poor folks who clean her office and her house? It is back to emergency rooms for primary care so she can get a tax break.
Requiring smaller business owners to provide insurance would be completely against the Republican way of doing things. It would drive many of them out of business.
At the same time, Conway denied that the $800 billion in cuts would have any immediate effects on people currently enrolled in the system. George Stephanopoulos instantly called her out. And so did Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is against the bill in its current form. How could that amount of money NOT have a serious impact? The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House bill concluded that the $800 billion in cuts would end access to the vital program for 14 million vulnerable Americans.
By the end of a decade, it is estimated that 23 million people will be left uninsured from the cuts currently being proposed. 23 million people. These are the working poor, the sick, the elderly, and the children among us who are the most vulnerable and most dependent, who can least afford it. They are not lazy; they certainly cannot get up in the morning and get a 40 hour a week job with benefits. These people need medical care, and they have it right now. Taking it away from them would be a death sentence. Who decides which people have a right to live and which do not? The old, white men in Washington, DC?
Enough is enough.
Let’s hold him to that promise, shall we?