"These are not cuts to Medicaid", Conway told ABC News "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning. In fact, this is slowing the growth of Medicaid and allowing governors more flexibility in their states to be able to give the dollars out as they - because they are closest to the people in need. The net effect of the House bill, the Congressional Budget Office estimated, would be 14.4 million fewer people enrolled in Medicaid by 2026 - and $834 billion less spent by the federal government.
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway shot back at healthcare critics Monday, saying she will not withstand being called "a liar because they don't want to do the homework" on Medicaid.
"If you are now in Medicaid, if you became a Medicaid recipient during the Obamacare expansion, you were grandfathered in", Conway told Stephanopoulos.
We reached out to the White House to try to get more details on Conway's statement, but did not get a response.
"These are not cuts to Medicaid, George", Conway said on This Week on June 25.
It's not really analysis, so much as an outright lie, but as long as Collins thinks Conway is wrong, that's all that matters I guess.
That's unfortunate, because finding a job with health care benefits is not as easy as Conway makes it sound.
After Collins mentions a group of GOP senators have been meeting about the Medicaid cuts, Stephanopoulos asks point blank, "Does the bill pass this week?"
The Senate bill, meanwhile, continues to fund Medicaid expansion at the same rates until 2020. If a state chose to allow more people to enroll in Medicaid by increasing the income limit - and 31 states chose to do so - there was no initial cost to the state. Fifty-nine percent of them work either part- or full-time. Despite the Senate health care bill proposing otherwise, Conway argued that the president was not walking back on his promises. However, last month Trump and the GOP were able to pass the bill through the House and onto the Senate, where it now awaits further debate and a vote. Those states would legally have to end or curb the expansion if the federal match rate goes down.
"Let's remember why we're doing this: ObamaCare is unaffordable, unsustainable", Conway said, pointing out that millions of Americans have opted out of ObamaCare, while dozens of insurers have left the exchanges.