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

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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