It Turns Out That They Don’t Actually Know What’s in the Health-Care-Reform Law


Critics of the health-care-reform legislation passed last year are fond of pointing out that the law is so long and complex — way more than three pages! — that it’s impossible to really know what’s in it. And it turns out they’re kind of right! The AP reports that the law would unintentionally grant up to 3 million early-retiree couples access to Medicaid — the insurance program for the poor — despite earning as much as $64,000 a year. Nobody realized it until after the bill was signed.

The Medicare actuary’s office roughed out some examples to illustrate how the provision would work. A married couple retiring at 62 in 2014 and receiving the maximum Social Security benefit of $23,500 apiece could get $17,000 from other sources and still qualify for Medicaid with a total income of $64,000.

While this may appear to all be part of President Obama’s secret scheme to gradually bring every American under the freedom-killing umbrella of government-run health insurance, it’s actually just a mistake, and the administration is “exploring options” for fixing it.

AP Exclusive: Medicaid for the middle class? [AP]