States Signing Up Prison Inmates for Obamacare
Prison benefits are starting to add up. The way it is going though, we’ll all be imprisoned to our government soon enough.
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Cash-strapped states like Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio looking to offload costs onto the federal government are signing up prisoners for Obamacare.
As Fox News reports, at least six states are “taking advantage of a little-known provision that lets them shift some of those expenses to the federal government” by “enrolling inmates into a new expanded Medicaid program when they get sick.” Many more states are expected to follow.
States are also enrolling incarcerated criminals in Obamacare before they are released so they will have taxpayer-funded health insurance coverage before re-entering society.
Even former Democratic North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad says the practice raises serious concerns.
“It starts to look a little like a scheme by the states and local jurisdictions to avoid responsibilities that are really theirs,” said Conrad.
States are already making the Obamacare enrollment part of their prison protocols. In President Barack Obama’s state of Illinois, the largest jail complex in the country, Cook County, has processed over 13,000 insurance applications since last April. Over 2,000 prisoners have already bagged coverage following their release, sheriff’s public policy official Marleza Jentz told Fox News.