President Barack Obama's health care law would let several million middle-class public get nearly free assurance meant for the poor, a twist government amount crunchers say they discovered only after the multipart bill was signed.
The change would involve early retirees: A married couple could have an yearly income of about $64,000 and still get Medicaid, said officials who create long-range cost estimates for the Health and Human Services department.
Up to 3 million more public could qualify for Medicaid in 2014 as a result of the anomaly. That's because, in a major modify from today, most of their Social Security remuneration would no longer be counted as income for decisive eligibility. It might be compared to allow middle-class people to be eligible for food stamps.