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Rand Paul: ObamaCare Screwup Gave My Kid Medicaid Card

Rand Paul was no fan of Obamacare before, he’s certainly less of one now after the Kentucky healthcare exchange mistakenly sent the Senator’s son a Medicaid card.

Paul went on ABC’s This Week waving the Medicaid card and calling Obamacare an outright disaster. Paul said “We didn’t try to get him Medicaid; I’m trying to pay for his insurance, but they automatically enrolled him in Medicaid. For a month, they wouldn’t talk to us because they said they weren’t sure he existed. He had to go down to the welfare office, prove his existence. Then the next thing we know, we get a Medicaid card.”

Paul went on to say “So, really, most of the people in Kentucky are automatically being enrolled in Medicaid. I’m trying to pay for insurance and can’t pay for it. And I’m uncertain now whether I’m enrolled in D.C. and/or Kentucky … It’s a mess.”

While most of the people in Kentucky likely aren’t being enrolled in Medicaid automatically, the exchange rollout has had plenty of problems. Still, as of last week, 2.1 million people had signed up for a new private insurance plan through Obamacare. Half of those people signed up through state exchanges while the other half signed up through Healthcare.gov, the federal marketplace. Of course, it’s impossible to know if those people were uninsured or were dropped from their existing plan and had to get a new one.

Meanwhile, more than 4.3 million people have enrolled in Medicaid in states that expanded their program under the Affordable Care Act guidelines. Another five million people would be able to sign up if the hold out states expanded their programs.

The Affordable Care Act also allowed all Americans 26 and under to be covered by their parents’ plan which has insured an additional 3.1 million people. In total, that’s about 9.5 million people who have gained coverage through the ACA. The administration’s goal was 10 million signups by April.

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  • coolblueeyes

    hahahaha the obama care is already tax payers money when r the people just going to say f u im not going to pay and u can stick it

    • Scorpio

      Because it’s the law!!! I will love to see you break it and pay a hefty fine!!!

      • coolblueeyes

        thats the problem they took the freedom of choice and made this a law

        • coolblueeyes

          think about it all the people who now have to sign up for state medicaide. who will pay the tax payers

          • coolblueeyes

            the tax payers was paying alot less then they r now, cause many people dont have medical now there will be more on medicaide for the tax payers to pay out of pocket

        • Scorpio

          Just like the mandatory insurance & seat belt law! I don’t see anyone revolting against those laws! – Or is it because Pres. Obama made it law?! Hmmmm…

          • coolblueeyes

            im against the seat belt law, it should of been a choice not a law, cause when i drive a motorcycle i dont have protection just a helmet, insurance on vehicles when it came into affect it was necessary, but this obamacare no this should be a choice not dictatorship

          • Scorpio

            I don’t view it as dictatorship! Every Dem/Rep before him tried to implement affordable healthcare so that our economy would not be bankrupt due to health insurance. Now since Pres. Obama has done it, now it should be unlawful for all Americans to have insurance…NONSENSE!!! Everyone should have some type of insurance for themselves, their sick love ones & the elderly… whether poor or rich!!

          • coolblueeyes

            the bad thing about this mess is the tax payers r still going to pay but now it will be more out of the tax payers cause many poor that dont have insurance hardly go into the hospital or doctors, but now that they r making it a law u bet your ass u r going to see alot more in the hospital for nonsence medical problems that the insurance is going to be paying out and who does it fall back on the tax payers, that is what is messed up just like that one girl who is a hoocker now she qualifies for medical insurance so now she can go in and have insurance to pay for what ever disease she may of come across,and the truth be known she will have state medicaide and who pays for it the tax payers

          • coolblueeyes

            before making it a law they should think first of who benifits and who pays for the ones who r going to miss use this insurance that they r going to make manditory

          • coolblueeyes

            your going to see people going in with a pimple on their ass thinking its cancer or a tumor or some other stupid nonsence and just misuse the state medicaide and tax payers will pay that, its not right, has to be thought thru before making a law that will benifit

          • coolblueeyes

            if someone is in need of treatment they can go to the hospitals, there r fundraisers that help them pay,yes all people should be allowed medical but out of whose pocket will it come from medicaide is state and that comes from tax payers, the more that is on the medicaide system the more misuse u will see, and that is wrong, and it is going to crash and who gets holding the baggage the taxpayers

          • LizDavies

            How much money do you figure sick people rake in from those little mason jars you see on the counter at the variety store? How long do you figure it would take to save up for treatment of a heart attack, stroke, serious accident, or cancer that way?

            What’s the average ‘take’ when a sick person’s friends put together a baked bean supper–maybe even with a raffle of Christmas ornaments!–to pay for his treatment?

            If you were ill, how many months or years would you patiently wait for tens of thousands of dollars to accrue from those methods, before seeking medical care?

          • LizDavies

            How recently have you used the ER? My husband and I have used it (we’ve always had health insurance). For a serious but non-emergency situation that happened when we were travelling in another state (and thus couldn’t go to our PCP), we waited FOUR HOURS.

            That’s not my idea of a good time, and I doubt people will be flooding the ER to get a pimple treated just to enjoy that experience.

          • coolblueeyes

            im sorry but really there are so many people who misuse the system and it makes me mad, yes i pay for mine, but damn i dont want to have to pay for someone else that will take advantage of the insurance and make me pay more out

          • Scorpio

            I understand your position. But let’s see how the ACA works before we start passing judgement on what people are or are not worthy of! Because frankly it’s not my business nor anyone else’s why someone needs medical attention!

          • Scorpio

            BTW, just because she’s a hooker doesn’t make her less human or worthy of healthcare like you or me! She’s still a human being!! Where I’d your compassion or heart?! You’re worry about your pockets more than the life or well being of a U.S. citizen! …Wow!!! What’s the changes that you DO NOT go and get the next latest gadget, because someone was approved for Obamacare?! Slim to none…huh?!

          • coolblueeyes

            no just that people r going to misuse the system and its wrong,, and yes i do worry about my pocket cause i dont make thousands to spend out on nonsence, i worry about all the tax payers, why should they have to pay out more and get less now, premiums r going up and the coverages suk,,,

          • Scorpio

            You don’t know that to be true! Because the Republicans are continuously lying about the ACA, because they do not want to see the less fortunate to have insurance and to try their darndest to fight against the president! Also, the less fortunate comes in all races! So, try and think about others, especially children, other than yourself! I choose to have a heart and pray that all people can have the luxury of health coverage and not just a few! With attitudes such as yours, then there will always be poverty & division amongst us!
            -Have a good night & GOD bless you!!!

          • Isaac Fast

            Excuse me….but wasn’t “misusing the system” one of the reasons for the ACA? Personally, I got pretty fed up with having to subsidize the emergency room “healthcare” for all of those who REFUSED to buy insurance. Whatever happened to “personal responsibility”?

  • coolblueeyes

    now the tax payers r going to pay more out for the obama care cause more people r going to have to go on state assistance to get medicaide so where was the inteligence for this one

    • Laurie

      A lot of people calling themselves “tax payers” don’t actually pay taxes at all. If you get everything back on your tax return you are NOT a tax payer. If you get earned income credit or property tax credit or home heating credit to get back more than you paid in you are NOT a tax payer. Besides which, do you really believe the government would give your money back if they ended all social programs? If so you are delusional.

  • Robert Wons

    And like Rand Paul…
    It’s probably a fake… I am sure that the paper work will surface.

  • LizDavies

    If UPS didn’t get Paul’s Xmas gift to him on time, would he swear never to use UPS again, and try to destroy the company? You bet.

    If he shopped at Target and his credit card got hacked, would he be warning Americans never to shop or use credit cards again? Sure.