So far the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare has been a complete disaster led by the GOP. As Republican senators return home for 4th of July recess, they’re receiving calls from constituents concerned about the Trumpcare replacement.
President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway recently made a comment on the possibility that many Americans may lose benefits received from Medicaid.
Conway is referring to those receiving Medicaid benefits as a result of Obamacare’s expansion of coverage. Conway says those who didn’t have Medicaid before Obamacare can always get a job.
“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,” Conway said. They “should probably find other — at least see if there are other options for them.”
As Jonathan Cohn points out in the Huffington Post, however, Conway’s reasoning is faulty: “The majority of able-bodied adults on Medicaid already have jobs. The problem is that they work as parking lot attendants and child care workers, manicurists and dishwashers ― in other words, low-paying jobs that typically don’t offer insurance. Take away their Medicaid and they won’t be covered.”
Research from the Kaiser Family Foundation bears that out: “Among Medicaid adults (including parents and childless adults — the group targeted by the Medicaid expansion) nearly 8 in 10 live in working families, and a majority are working themselves.” Fifty-nine percent of them work either part or full time. Their jobs, however, do not offer health insurance.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 25, 2017