Oh boy, when has a more truthful statement than this been made?
I mean, there’s so much we didn’t know about Obamacare. Including, of course, the things we were deceived about. It’s just an endless adventure of discovery.
Thanks for your honesty Nancy.
The latest revelation comes courtesy of the New York Times. It turns out that up to 35 percent of those getting insurance through Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion are in – or have been through – prison.
Here’s how it works:
In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population.
State and counties are enrolling inmates for two main reasons. Although Medicaid does not cover standard health care for inmates, it can pay for their hospital stays beyond 24 hours — meaning states can transfer millions of dollars of obligations to the federal government.
But the most important benefit of the program, corrections officials say, is that inmates who are enrolled in Medicaid while in jail or prison can have coverage after they get out. People coming out of jail or prison have disproportionately high rates of chronic diseases, especially mental illness and addictive disorders.
Some think this is just great – that Obamacare will help treat these people’s problems and they’ll wind up staying out of jail:
“For those newly covered, it will open up treatment doors for them” and potentially save money in the long run by reducing recidivism, said Dr. Fred Osher, director of health systems and services policy for the Council of State Governments Justice Center.
This is so neat. Who knew Obamacare was also welfare for convicts? In fact, in a certain president’s hometown, a good way to get health insurance is to simply get arrested!
In Chicago, inmates at the Cook County Jail are being enrolled in Medicaid under the health care law as part of the intake process after they are arrested; the county has submitted more than 4,000 applications for inmates since Jan. 1.
They are rewarding people with health insurance at the door . . . to jail. So now when you’re taken downtown you get one phone call – and lifetime health coverage courtesy of U.S. taxpayers!
I guess it would be kind of ironic if whomever they knocked over the head DIDN’T HAVE INSURANCE.
Well, I for one am not tempted by all this to break the law. I still believe crime doesn’t pay. But it does pick up your medical bills.