Could Obamacare lead to property seizures?
Kudos to Jim over at Asylum Watch for catching this story which has not surprisingly not been covered by the mainstream media. It appears as if Obamacare sets the stage for more property seizures by the Federal government.
How is this possible? It has to do with the Medicaid expansion which is part of the healthcare reform law:
Obamacare requires everyone to have health insurance. In more than half of the states in the country, that comes through an expansion of Medicaid, the joint federal-state program for the poor. Under a 1993 federal law, states can recoup the costs of Medicaid by seizing the property of deceased Medicaid recipients.
With the vast expansion of who can enroll in Medicaid under Obamacare, that could mean significantly more property. Though The Washington Post called it “scary but improbable,” the newspaper reported there are people who are concerned about it and that the federal government has not rejected it out of hand.
The Washington Post calls it improbable but the Federal government has not ruled it out, doesn’t that make you feel better about this? The Congress passed this law in 1993 to help deal with the rising costs on Medicaid:
Out of a concern over exploding Medicaid costs, Congress passed a law in 1993 that states must try to recover money from the estate of people who used Medicaid for long-term care. It further gave states the option to target the estate of all Medicaid recipients for any benefits they received after routine care.
And with the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare the costs can naturally be assumed to skyrocket, the Federal government will need to recoup this money somehow and we are supposed to believe this will not be an option? Be afraid, be very afraid…..