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Congratulations, You Might Soon Be on Medicaid

Another gift from ObamaCare, the legislation so poorly thought up and rushed through, it didn’t just need a second bill to correct the mistakes (Called the Reconciliation process), it may need a total overhaul before it’s even enacted.

If this most recent discovery is true, ObamaCare alone will literally bankrupt state budgets from its changes to Medicaid alone.

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.

After initially downplaying any concern, the Obama administration said late Tuesday it would look for a fix.

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.”

Administration officials said Tuesday they now see the problem. “We are concerned that, as a matter of law, some middle-income Americans may be receiving coverage through Medicaid, which is meant to serve only the neediest Americans,” said Health and Human Services spokesman Richard Sorian. “We are exploring options to address this issue.”

Medicaid is meant to be a health care program for the poor.  It is not intended to be something that the middle class are to be eligible for.  If they were, it would pretty much defeat the purpose of the program.

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HHS Bought “ObamaCare” Google Search

(H/T George Scoville of the CATO Institute)

The White House clearly has lost the branding war over it’s top policy initiative.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has bought a Google advertisement to steer people searching for “ObamaCare” to a page that is customized to detect searchers’ locations and steer them both to local health insurance information and to a list of “what’s in the law for you.”

“We are using a bunch of search term[s] to help point people to HealthCare.gov. Part of our online efforts to help get accurate information to people about the new law (i.e. also use Facebook, Twitter, blogs and webcasts),” an HHS official confirmed by e-mail.

For those unfamiliar with how Google Search ads work — here’s a refresher when two firms of trial lawyers in Wisconsin went at it over Google ads — you pretty much pay Google a certain amount to make sure your website or link appears as the first page in a search.  This method of advertising is actually how Google makes most of its revenue I’ve been told.

So, the question I have is this:  What sort of bidding war did (or could) go on with the White House and various conservative groups opposed to the health care law to lock down this specific search?

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