Letter: Inmate sign-ups sinks U.S. lower

  • Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 12:01 a.m.

When I began to think the federal government couldn’t get any worse and the Obama administration could sink any lower, they do. In a little-noticed outcome of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are signing 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, which is a major part of the prison population.

Ohio is one of a growing number of states working to enroll robbers, rapists and murderers into Obamacare. Starting in January 2014, states that agreed to the Medicaid expansion offered by Obamcare are required to expand Medicaid eligibility to include “all non-elderly low-income adults.”

That means many robbers, rapists and murderers who are in or leaving prison and jail will be eligible for Medicaid. San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said, “I want to make sure no offender leaves this jail without it.”

Not surprising NBC and ABC ignored the news that taxpayer money would be going to the health care of convicted criminals.

The Obama administration bragged about the 7.1 million who have applied for coverage since Obamacare went into effect Oct. 1, but Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. referred to one study showing one-third of the new Medicaid enrollees will be inmates, parolees or people just released from prison.

Ain’t this a great country or what.

Charles Cushman


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