We already knew that U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law was a massive expansion of entitlement spending that American taxpayers simply couldn’t (and cannot) afford.
We also knew that “Obamacare” was laden with anti-business tax hikes and unconstitutional government mandates – which will weaken our economy and further erode our individual liberties. That’s why federal judges have voided the new law (rulings which Obama’s administration refuses to heed) and the U.S. House of Representatives has repealed this anti-free market monstrosity (something Obama’s allies in the U.S. Senate have refused to act on).
Now, more than fifteen months after this gargantuan boondoggle was signed into law, we’re learning something else about Obamacare …
In a particularly galling example of what happens when you shove legislation through Congress using questionable tactics (to say nothing of taxpayer-funded bribes), it turns out nearly 3 million middle class Americans making up to $64,000 a year will be eligible for taxpayer-funded health care coverage beginning in 2014.
That means people earning four times the federal poverty level will have access to government benefits intended for the poor.
How did this happen? According to the new law, income from Social Security is not counted toward “Obamacare” eligibility.
“This is a situation that got no attention at all,” Medicaid’s top number cruncher said recently.
You don’t say … or maybe this is what former U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi meant when she said we had to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it.
Obama officials are downplaying the glitch, saying that they will look into the situation. Meanwhile, preliminary estimates are that the error could cost taxpayers a whopping $450 billion over ten years.
Frankly, this is just the latest in a long line of reasons why this legislation needs to be repealed – as if crippling our economy and trampling over our freedoms weren’t already sufficient justifications.