Skip to comments.Great news. Kentucky jail signing up exiting inmates for Obamacare (We wonder how they got to 7M)
Posted on 04/06/2014 4:31:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Now this is a complete stroke of genius which I couldn’t have cooked up for a political fiction novel. Down in Louisville, as prisoners are being discharged from jail, they’re getting a little something extra by way of a going away present. They’re being signed up for Obamacare.
After three months in jail on a theft charge, Vincent Garcia had prepared last week to collect his wallet and keys and turn in his orange scrubs upon release.
But the 26-year-old will leave jail with something else free health insurance.
Louisville Metro Department of Corrections last week began holding daily sign-ups for exiting inmates, and Garcia was among those qualifying for the newly expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Now, I know what you’re thinking here… But wait. Obamacare is already flooding the Medicaid rolls and these people are unlikely to pay anything into the system. Won’t this just bloat the system even further and drive it toward insolvency faster? And a lot of working people still can’t afford their rising premium costs. Won’t there be an outcry over these convicts getting it for free?
Well, not to worry. You’re right! But nobody cares! Well, I guess Mitch McConnell does.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said signing up those leaving jail or prison will add burdens to an already strained Medicaid program that is hard pressed to find enough doctors willing to accept Medicaid patients.
“This is yet another disturbing aspect of a profoundly troubling piece of legislation,” said McConnell.
Federal rules ban use of Medicaid while someone is incarcerated, but that doesn’t apply to inmates hospitalized for at least 24 hours. And all prisoners are constitutionally guaranteed health care while behind bars.
Instead of “navigators” being trained to sign people up, Kentucky has brought in some kynectors to sign up the inmates. (Get it? Kynectors? That’s hilarious.) So fear not… we should blow past any projected Obamacare enrollment numbers in no time flat. All is well, citizens!
They never reached 7 million but those who did sign up were inmates in jail, illegals, low information voters who were dependent originally all who had no intention of paying even if they could
If 0bama said it it’s a lie. Bet the farm on that and bet grandma too.
Gee, I wonder where their "subsidy" goes.
Next up: outrageously expensive legislation, paid for, of course, by the taxpayers, to stem the Medicaid flood.
Somebody's gotta pay for it.
I would like to see a damn story other than horse racing, basketball, and whiskey that doesn’t put KY in a bad light.
Like Ashley Judd, no that won’t work either.
I got it. Jennifer Lawrence, till she starts hanging with Paris Hilton is a good story.
Miley Cyrus, no lately another bad idea.
Probably one of the best states in the semi-Union and we have a shortage of feel good stories. It just aint fair.
Lying liar lied.
Are we ever going to find out how many of the 7 million plus went on Medicaid programs? And of course, exiting prisoners aren’t going to be scrutinized as to citizenship in the U.S., making Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) absolutely correct...”you lie”.....
There is a rumor that this also happened in PA, this is very disturbing. Another corrupt plan by the Dmonkrats.
Justified is a good show ... even if it is fiction.
If you are incarcerated and awaiting trial then you would be eligible either for a private plan through the exchange (possibly subsidized) or Medicaid for you and your family.
I don't know about Kentucky, but in California, this would be a step down for inmates. They already get the best health care money can buy. I suspect most criminals would reject Obamacare, as being inferior to what they are accustomed to getting.
a friend of mines son is in jail and he got signed up for obamacare about the first week he was in....
That’s nothing. Chicago can sign up 7 million just from the cemeteries for Traitorobamacare, while registering them to vote.
This is happening in most states. They’re signing up convicts for Obamacare/medicaid, foisting the costs of health care for prisoners onto the federal government (meaning, us taxpayers.) Practically every state has figured this out in order to save their own budgets. This has much to do with the Obamacare numbers rising. It’s a political move, not a bunch of individuals signing up on their own.
Funny, I always thought the jails and prisons had their own health care staff....
I bet they’re all going to be paying their premiums on time....