ObamaCare is now officially a punishment. Unofficially it was a punishment for the middle class, the self-employed and small businesses. But now the ObamaCare punishment is being extended to a voting base that is reliably 3/4 Democrat.
Backers have promoted the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion as a way to reduce health care costs for many Americans.
Multnomah County officials expect national health care reform to cut the county’s medical bills, too.
By enrolling jail inmates in nationally subsidized healthcare — best known as “Obamacare” to both the President and his critics — the county could bill the federal government for the cost of providing some of them medical care.
ObamaCare, if it’s good enough for a serial killer, it’s good enough for your family.
I’m glad that everyone is being forced to enroll in a risk pool geared toward prison inmates. And the middle class will just be expected to subsidize the health care of rapists. More than they already do.
The county’s corrections health care team has begun a push to enroll jail inmates in Medicaid or other forms of coverage. Seven “eligibility specialists” began working this week to help inmates complete their insurance applications, and they signed 22 inmates up for continuing care during their first day on the job.
“The jail is the primary place where many inmates receive care, and we are trying very hard to change that, said Nancy Griffith, the county’s director of corrections health.
This is what they call unintended policy consequences.
Under the Affordable Care Act, the county will still be responsible for funding in-jail care of inmates who are on Medicaid, but the county could bill Medicaid for inmates’ hospital trips of longer than 24 hours. That alone could bring a savings of $1 million annually.
Fantastic. Medicaid for Murderers.
Finally rapists, pedophiles and armed robbers can have affordable health care at the same standard as you. And they can thank Obama for it.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.