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Inmates Enrolled In O-Care To Pass Costs To US

From a highly approving Bloomberg News:

Jails Enroll Inmates in Obamacare to Pass Hospital Costs to U.S.

By Mark Niquette | Feb 6, 2014

Being arrested in Chicago for, say, drug possession or assault gets you sent to the Cook County Jail to be fingerprinted, photographed and X-rayed. You’ll also get help applying for health insurance.

At least six states and counties from Maryland to Oregon’s Multnomah are getting inmates coverage under Obamacare and its expansion of Medicaid, the federal and state health-care program for the poor. The fledgling movement would shift to the federal government some of the more than $6.5 billion in annual state costs for treating prisoners.

You might think from the headline that this article is critical of this practice. But you’d be wrong. Bloomberg thinks it’s great. They think the US taxpayer should be thrilled to pay these hospital costs for inmates and ex-cons.

Proponents say it also will make recidivism rarer, because inmates released with coverage are more likely to get treatment for mental illness, substance abuse and other conditions that can lead them to crime…

You see! Still, what if some ex-cons decide to commit another crime in order to back into jail to get free healthcare again?

The still-small programs could reach a vast population: At the end of 2012, almost 7 million people in the U.S. were on parole, probation, in prison or locked up in jail, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. About 13 million people are booked into county jails each year, according to the Washington-based National Association of Counties.

So Obama-Care might meet its goal of 7 million enrollees, after all. Though we’re not sure how it will help it become financially sustainable. But who cares as long as we have ‘healthier felons’?

Healthier Felons [sic]

Obamacare replaced a hodgepodge of state requirements that typically excluded childless adults from Medicaid…

That’s a minor detail we have never seen reported before.

In the 25 states that expanded the program under the Affordable Care Act, eligibility extends to many of the people most apt to be in jail or prison, said Fred Osher, director of health services and systems policy for the New York-based Council of State Governments Justice Center…

Medicaid expansion also enables more prisoners to have coverage when they are released. States that don’t expand it can help inmates get subsidized coverage in the insurance exchanges created under the law when they’re released.

That is another minor detail we have never heard before.

About 90 percent of inmates are uninsured, and many have never had treatment for their illness, Osher said. They have disproportionate rates of communicable and chronic diseases and behavioral disorders, he said. About 488,000 people in U.S. prisons and jails suffer from a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Arlington, Virginia…

Excellent. Now inmates and ex-cons will be able to get treated for free, for life. And all they had to do was break a few laws.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, February 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Inmates Enrolled In O-Care To Pass Costs To US”

  1. Expanding the Prison Population is surely a keystone to the Plan

    … and by that I mean you. Redefined. From citizen, to prisoner ..

  2. canary

    Soon felons will be able to vote with the stroke of a pen.

  3. Whenever democrats need people to sign up for something, they always dip into the sewer don’t they? Voter registrations roles, Obamacare sign up, polls…

    I have a certain amount of respect for democrats because they ALWAYS find a way to get the job done, promise the Republicans anything they want, then find ways to ignore or break their promises. It’s dealing with the devil, and you never exactly get what you want. But hey, results are results, and democrats get results!


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