Do you know what ObamaCare was missing? A way to help criminals while overloading the health care systems of nearly bankrupt states. Except it actually wasn’t missing that at all. It’s part of the package.
Starting in January, many of the 650,000 inmates released from prison each year will be eligible for something else: health care by way of Medicaid, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
A sizeable portion of the nearly 5 million ex-offenders who are on parole or probation at any given time will also be covered.
Before, in most states, former prisoners weren’t eligible unless they were pregnant or disabled. But now:
Beginning in January, states that agree to the Medicaid expansion will be required to provide Medicaid to all non-elderly low-income adults. For the first time, many of the 5 million ex-offenders on parole or probation will be eligible for the assistance. It applies to those released from either state or federal prisons. The exceptions will be former prisoners living in those states that currently have limited Medicaid eligibility for adults and that ultimately opt out of the Medicaid expansion.
That is yet another reason for governors to do the right thing, but far too few have. Instead this is being used as another scheme to help criminals at the expense of taxpayers.