Conservatives have been wringing their hands and tearing out their hair about the fact that poor people in Kentucky are suddenly going to get Health Care.
It started at the end of last year, when Mitch McConnell was moaning that 85% of Obamacare enrollments in Kentucky were enrolled in Medicaid. The problem, of course, wasn’t that 85% of those signing up were poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. The problem also, of course, wasn’t that they were not getting the care that they qualified for before this point in time. No: the problem was that they are now actually getting the care that they legally qualify for.
This hit the news again last week, when Rand Paul announced that “most of the people in Kentucky are automatically being enrolled in Medicaid”.
Of course, deeper investigation has shown that the “automatically” part is probably not true. What happens in Kentucky is that if you fill out the forms indicating that you are seeking health insurance, and that you qualify based on your income, and that you are not someone else’s dependent, then you will be enrolled. That is hardly “automatic”.
But that really isn’t Rand Paul’s point, anyway. Rand Paul’s point is that he is horrified – just horrified – that the massive number of poor people who legally are allowed to get Medicaid now ARE ACTUALLY GETTING THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY QUALIFY FOR.
What is the world coming to?