What Kellyanne Conway Just Confirmed About Trump’s Healthcare Plan Will Make You SCREAM
The Trump administration is just a few days old, but its war against the poor is already going at full speed. As Republicans continue to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), White House counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed on Sunday that Trump’s proposed replacement for the healthcare law could wipe out health coverage for millions. Just let that sink in for a moment.
According to Conway, Donald Trump wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by converting Medicaid into a block, taking its administration out of the hands of the federal government and putting states in charge, even when the administration is aware of the potentially disastrous consequences.
As Think progress notes:
“It’s difficult to figure out exactly how many people would lose coverage as a result, but here’s a rough guess from the CBPP report:
The Urban Institute similarly estimated that the 2012 block grant proposal would lead states to drop between 14.3 million and 20.5 million people from Medicaid by the tenth year. (That would be in addition to the 13 million people who would lose their new coverage or no longer gain coverage in the future due to the repeal of the Medicaid expansion, with the number rising as high as 17 million if all states take up the expansion.)”
“At a minimum, block granting Medicaid will cost millions of vulnerable Americans their health insurance. Some of those people will die preventable deaths as a result.”
One thing is evidently clear: Donald Trump’s health care plan is mostly a giant blank, and his promise to defend the coverage that low-income Americans currently have was a bald-faced lie.
During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump promised that he would not cut Medicaid, the premiere health insurance program for low-income Americans.
“Every other Republican is going to cut, and even if they wouldn’t, they don’t know what to do because they don’t know where the money is,” Trump said at the time. “I do.”
Additionally, in the week before taking the oath of office, Trump went a step forward promising that his Obamacare replacement plan would provide “insurance for everybody.” That was a lie, of course.
But we knew what a promise from Donald Trump is worth. Which is why it should come as no surprise that the Trump administration is now planning to strip health coverage from millions of low-income households.