Talk about taking the cost emphasis out of prison reform. Makes ya wonder just how many hands were in the pie that wrote the Affordable Care Act.
I talked to one congressman in office at the time and he said there was no way to know what was in the act they were voting on. Nancy Pelosi when asked if she knew what was in the act said no but we will vote to pass it and find out what is in it.
‘…The report examined four ways that states respond to increasing costs. The methods include telehealth, which uses video conferencing between an off-site doctor and a prisoner; outsourcing care; granting elderly or infirm inmates early parole; and expanding Medicaid coverage….’
and then there is this:
“By definition, those state prisoners in state facilities are the obligation of the state and that obligation should not be transferred to the federal government … I think most people would come down on the side that Medicaid was never intended to pay for the medical care of people in state custody,” Smith said. “It’s a very significant issue for the federal budget and Congress better close that loophole quickly.”