More from the “we had to pass the bill so you can see what’s in it” file

Posted by: ST on June 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Just another “glitch” in the monstrous ObamaCare bill – according to the AP (via Aaron Worthing):

WASHINGTON – 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.

The change would affect early retirees: A married couple could have an annual income of about $64,000 and still get Medicaid, said officials who make long-range cost estimates for the Health and Human Services department.

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.”

Indeed, administration officials and senior Democratic lawmakers say it’s not a loophole but the result of a well-meaning effort to simplify rules for deciding who will get help with insurance costs under the new health care law. Instead of a hodgepodge of rules, there will be one national policy.

Which was their agenda all along, as Bryan Preston so succinctly points out:

Well, it makes sense if you went into crafting the bill with an agenda to kill off private insurance to force a national move to single payer, government-run health care. And we know from his own words that President Obama believed in that agenda, at least at one time. Democrats now say that this isn’t a glitch at all.

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And it makes sense, if your aim is to get millions more Americans dependent on government services.

Mission accomplished? Let’s hope 2012 leads to the answer being a big fat “hell no” on that one.

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  1. Carlos says:

    They “discovered” this only AFTER the bill was signed? How many months ago was that? And they’re just now ‘fessing up to it?

    Yeah, the most transparent administration, Congress and party EVUH!

    What a bunch of vipers.

  2. Brontefan says:

    This ObamaCare is the worst piece of legislation passed since the 17th Amendment. And what is the job of our elected officials if it isn’t to READ the legislation BEFORE they vote on it? Obama has to be the worst president of our entire history… more dangerous than Carter–who is pretty dangerous considering that he told the Palestinians how many nuclear warheads the Israelis have. The problem is … Obama has done what he said he would do: lower our standard of living, weaken our country, so that the third world countries could catch us [we pay, naturally]. Crooks, liars, and con men/women… that’s was we elected.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    The lamestream media finds it fit to paw through 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails way off in Alaska yet cannot find the time to examine a 6,000 page health care bill right under their noses? That explains a lot, doesn’t it?

  4. Kate says:

    Truer words were never spoken, Drew. The media is pretty good at giving itself a blackeye. They are also good at keeping little secrets to advance their progressive agendas.

    Don’t you feel bad for Richard Foster? Losing sleep over the nonsense he has to defend? Poor dear.

  5. Carlos says:

    Actually, the LSM figured Sarah’s mail was OK to go through because it would probably be pretty much monosyllabic.

    What with lawyers and all involved with the ObamaCare bill and all the intentional obfuscation thrown into ANY legislation, they were probably hesitant because there would be too many 10-cent third grade words they’d have to pretend to understand!

    Oba-den (Obama-Biden) might be sleazebuckets, but they’re nothing compared to their worshipping skanks in the media.

  6. captaingrumpy says:

    Rep Issa should be investigating the passage of the healthcare bill and what corruption was needed to get it passed.They won’t be able to rid the country of it until they have all three posts,BUT they can start showing folk how corruption was involved.OR ARE REPUBLICANS TOO GUTLESS. I nearly threw up when I heard McCain joined with the Dems to allow the war in Libya to proceed.