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Obama-Care Will Give Medicaid To 3M More

From a feigning surprise Associated Press:

AP Exclusive: Medicaid for the middle class?

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Tue Jun 21, 2011

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s health care law would let several million middle-class people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor, a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed.

Sorry, but we believe we pointed this out at the time. Besides, what else is Obama-care ultimately, but an expansion of Medicaid to cover just about everybody?

The change would affect early retirees: A married couple could have an annual income of about $64,000 and still get Medicaid, said officials who make long-range cost estimates for the Health and Human Services department.

After initially downplaying any concern, the Obama administration said late Tuesday it would look for a fix.

And you know they will find one.

Up to 3 million more people could qualify for Medicaid in 2014 as a result of the anomaly. That’s because, in a major change from today, most of their Social Security benefits would no longer be counted as income for determining eligibility. It might be compared to allowing middle-class people to qualify for food stamps.

Well, to be fair, Ms. Pelosi did say we would ‘have to pass the bill to find out what was in it.’

Medicare chief actuary Richard Foster says the situation keeps him up at night. "I don’t generally comment on the pros or cons of policy, but that just doesn’t make sense," Foster said during a question-and-answer session at a recent professional society meeting.

"This is a situation that got no attention at all," added Foster. "And even now, as I raise the issue with various policymakers, people are not rushing to say … we need to do something about this."

If only we had a free press. Some media watchdogs.

Administration officials said Tuesday they now see the problem. "We are concerned that, as a matter of law, some middle-income Americans may be receiving coverage through Medicaid, which is meant to serve only the neediest Americans," said Health and Human Services spokesman Richard Sorian. "We are exploring options to address this issue."

Administration officials and senior Democratic lawmakers initially defended the change, saying it wasn’t a loophole but the result of a well-meaning effort to simplify the rules for deciding who would get help under the new health care law. Instead of a hodgepodge, there would be one national policy…

For once they are probably telling the truth. This was no accident.

The actuary’s office said the early retirees eligible for Medicaid would be on top of an estimated 16 million to 20 million new people that Obama’s law already brings into the program, by opening it to childless adults with incomes near the poverty level.

It’s unclear how much it would cost to cover the retirees

Let’s ask the CBO! They are always so good at these things.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama-Care Will Give Medicaid To 3M More”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Well, shoot … not the dadblamed Middle Class. Anyone but them. (head smack) They’re meant to be ridden and roped, not given gummint freebies.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Here I was getting set to taste me some Gov’t Cheese.
    If only we have a real Fourth Estate instead of Left Wing pillow fluffers.

  3. Melly says:

    Why are you all surprised? Nancy P. said that we have to pass Obamacare first before we learn what is in it.

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