Turns Out Obamacare Will Provide Free Health Insurance To Three Million Americans

Obamacare wasn’t supposed to be government health care, but it’s looking like for at least 3 million Americans that will be the case due to what’s being called an “oversight.”

I guess we really did have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.

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. …

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.

Medicare chief actuary Richard Foster says the situation keeps him up at night.

“I don’t generally comment on the pros or cons of policy, but that just doesn’t make sense,” Foster said during a question-and-answer session at a recent professional society meeting.

“This is a situation that got no attention at all,” added Foster. “And even now, as I raise the issue with various policymakers, people are not rushing to say … we need to do something about this.”

Basically this applies to middle-class retirees between the ages of 62 and 65 who are eligible for Social Security but not yet eligible for Medicare. Which has Allahpundit wondering, “What are the odds that Democrats would have snuck a not-so-little payoff for voters over the age of 60 into a bill whose passage badly hurt them among the highly coveted senior demographic?”

I don’t know what’s more depressing. The idea that this was a big, fat political payoff or the idea that we’re passing bills so huge and complex and with so little scrutiny that measures costing potentially billions of dollars are simply…overlooked.

All the politicians who said that Obamacare was “revenue neutral” and the like really didn’t know this was in there?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Guest

    How many victim’s of the Reagan/Giuliani ‘War on Drugs and Poor People’ will receive free healthcare in prison at an exorbitant expense?

    How long will the right snub their nose at healthcare for everyone below 30, education spending, and preventative programs and dump all their money into the prison business/system?  Who’s whining about wasting money now?  And with a straight face?  Doubtful.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      Yeah, tell us how many, how long, and who’s whining?  Otherwise STFU.

      • Guest

        It’s patently obvious to anyone living and breathing of adult age in this country today that there are too many people in prison, it’s too expensive, and that many of them are there for drug-related crimes.  Moreover, there is a regular ability to index education level, access to after-school programs, etc and likelihood to commit certain types of crime.  This is basic sociology and the money-saving, crime-preventing avenues have always been open to us.  The right whines, and I need no proof of that, about public-funded healthcare, education spending, and drug offenders.  Feel free to go back and watch clips of Reagan and Giuliani preaching that sh*t in the 80s and early 90s.  If you think they were speaking into a vacuum, you’re wrong.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          I got a couple of minutes …
          Before I spend an entire week mulling over your profundities, is it “as far as you’re concerned” that there are too many people in prison?  It it “as far as you’re concerned” that the right whines (LOL)?  Is everything “as far as you’re concerned?”  Or is your new line “I need no proof of that?”
          BTW, did you check out that there were 7 Joan of Arc movies prior to Dreyer’s?  But I guess that you wanted to see “no proof of that.”  Any silent film buff might not know there were 7, but he’d bet good money that there was at least one.  Many classic themes were exploited during the Silent Film Era.  But then there are pretentious people …  And you are my “proof of that.”

          • Guest

            Are you carrying your rare victory from thread to thread?  #rare

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            It is very difficult to win a victory over a solipsist.  To beat the argument “as far as I am concerned” is nearly impossible.  It is clear that it is exceedingly difficult for you to admit defeat.  The victory is rare only in that sense of getting you to admit it (Thanks for that, by BTW).  In reality, you have lost many times.

          • Guest

            Now I have you researching silent films!  

            How should I phrase that on my ‘community organizer’ resume?  

            Perhaps in the ‘volunteer work’ section I can put ‘tricking conservatives into learning about culture and the arts’?

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            I hope that you don’t think what I do is research.  I knew instantly that you were wrong, it was a matter of finding the references, i.e., two minutes.  But salvage what you can.  It’s good to sleep well and have a fine digestion.

          • Maureen Gilbert

            Instead of volunteering, which I doubt you do, get a paying job so you can support someone else who wants you to pay their way.

          • Jane’e Taylor

             As far as the “too many people in prison” bit, the US imprisons more people per capita than any country in the world.  Here’s an article from 2008, although the percentage hasn’t changed much since.


          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister


        • Maureen Gilbert

          It’s obvious to some of us that we should put to death those on death row and reduce the prison population, for starters.
          Public funded healthcare would have more merit if EVERYONE paid into it, not just some forced to pay for others. What’s next, am I going to have to pay another tax to provide cars for those who want them, but don’t have them?

    • syantiss

      Libertarians snub both useless wastes of capital…

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Well, thank you very much for statements that can be dealt with.  It must have cost you beads of sweat.  I will now have to hit the sack so I can get up early to go to Minnesota.  I will try to get back to you in one week, if someone hasn’t already done a job on you.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    Where are my freebies?

    • ellinas1

      Got ‘em right here for you. All you got to do is reach out and………

  • Bat One

    Getting back to the subject at hand – which is NOT drug legalization – I’m reminded of Pelosi’s epic mot,

    We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it!

    • VocalYokel

      I’m reminded of the bumper sticker:

      “If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it’s free!”

      • Guest

        I’m reminded of a bumper sticker:

        “Have you dug WALL DRUG?”

  • syantiss

    So, we have another entry to the ponzi? Awesome!

  • SigFan

    Yeah, nobody knew this was in the bill – right, sure.  So what other lies and tricks did Obama and his merry bunch of Marxist thieves hide in this POS?

  • Maureen Gilbert

    It isn’t free..someone else is left carrying the burden. People want the best of everything as long as someone else pays for it.