Rand Paul’s Son is Forced Into Medicaid Through Kentucky Obamacare ExchangePosted by J Craig on January 6, 2014
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky appeared on This Week with George Stephanoupolis this past Sunday to discuss how his state is handling the Obamacare exchanges. Democrats have been praising Kentucky for allegedly having their Obamacare exchanges operating smoothly and the most efficient in the country. Democrats will tell you that there’s no better way to register than via Kentucky’s state-run exchange. No problems whatsoever.
The Kentucky Senator has been a sharp critic of Obamacare and says that he makes enough money (Base salary of $174,000) that he doesn’t need Medicaid and simply wanted to buy insurance for his son. After signing up through the state-run program, his son was automatically signed up for Medicaid, which is for low-income families.
“He had to go down to the welfare office, prove his existence,” Paul said. “Then the next thing we know, we get a Medicaid card.”
The Kentucky site sputtered on the Oct. 1 roll out date. But fixes have resulted in roughly a fifth of the state’s uninsured population enrolling in Obamacare and about 75 percent of enrollees signing up under Medicaid, official said in late December.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, who has been a strong supporter of Obamacare has some serious questions to address in regards to this disaster. Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid eligibility is determined by a formula based on taxable income. The formula counts disability income as income, but excludes SSI payments. Until Thursday, applications for Kentucky Obamacare excluded all disability income. That means potentially thousands of applicants to Kentucky Obamacare who were placed into Medicaid were put there erroneously.
“This is an unfolding disaster that I don’t think gets better any time soon.” – Sen. Rand Paul
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