Taxpayers hit for MILLIONS as six states put inmates on Obamacare plans (which also boosts enrollment numbers)
Obamacare is fast becoming a tool to save counties money that they would otherwise spend on health care for inmates who have not yet been convicted of crimes
The Affordable Care Act excludes convicts, but opens a loophole for jail officials who want to avoid using their own budgets to help sick prisoners awaiting trial
Taxpayers in all 50 states will cover the costs for county governments as Obamacare's expenses spiral upward
Obamacare's enrollment statistics will also increase artificially as inmates are enrolled as soon as they are booked and fingerprinted
By David Martosko, Us Political Editor
PUBLISHED: 23:22 EST, 6 February 2014 | UPDATED: 00:09 EST, 7 February 2014
Cash-strapped counties in six states are enrolling inmates in Obamacare health insurance plans as a way to shift costs to the federal government – a tactic that's legal but frustrating for some Republicans who don't want to see the success levels of President Obama's signature law inflated artificially.
In many cases jails are registering inmates so they'll be better equipped to access addiction counseling and psychiatric care after their release, lowering the likelihood that they'll return for more time behind bars.
The Affordable Care Act prohibits the enrollment of full-time prisoners serving sentences, but many prisoners awaiting trial in prison jumpsuits are being enrolled purely to save county governments money – and shift costs to the feds – when they lengthy hospital stays are required.
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