Actually, I don’t think this is an accident:
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.
Obligatory “we have to pass it to know what’s in it” jab.
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.
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.
That’s on top of the 16-20 million Obamacare already sweeps into Medicaid. And we wonder why the states are screaming about Medicaid costs.
I don’t think this is an accident. Both Bush and Obama have massively expanded the socialized Medicaid system. This system has terrible reimbursement rates and many hospitals and doctors simply don’t accept it. The Medicaid-heavy hospitals are some of the worst in the country. We are slowly and inevitably moving toward a system where most Americans will get substandard cheap care while the elites are taken care of in boutique hospitals.
That’s not a bug; that’s a feature. That’s usually how socialism works.