White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “This Week” on Sunday that people on Medicaid who lose their insurance under Trumpcare can get a job if they want to keep their healthcare.
“Obamacare took Medicaid, which was designed to help the poor, the needy, the elderly, the sick, disabled, also children and pregnant women, it took it and went way above the poverty line, opened it up to many able-bodied Americans, who should probably find other — at least see if there are other options for them. If they are able-bodied and they want to work, then they’ll have employer-sponsored benefits like you and I do.”
Kellyanne Conway: Those on Medicaid who will lose health insurance can always get jobs https://t.co/xaceZ85Dhm
— CNBC (@CNBC) June 26, 2017
Rep. Ted Lieu (R-CA) responded with his usual wit:
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 26, 2017
According to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opened Medicaid coverage to non-elderly adults making under $16,394 per year.
Specifically, the Kaiser report noted that, “[A]mong 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.”
The ability to gain coverage depended on variables such as hours worked per week and size of the business. Kaiser found that only 47% of businesses with three-to-nine workers offered health care coverage. And, “[A]mong firms that offer coverage, an average of 79 percent of workers are eligible for the health benefits offered by their employer.”
Further, the study found that adults on Medicaid who did not work had major impediments in their ability to work.