McConnell, Republicans Blast States Putting Inmates on Medicaid Under Obamacare

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed news reports that more states are enrolling prison inmates in Medicaid healthcare programs for the poor under expansions initiated by Obamacare.

“Under Obamacare, Kentuckians are already being asked to pay higher premiums, deductibles, and taxes and many were not even allowed to keep healthcare plans they had and liked,” the five term GOP senator told Newsmax in a statement Friday. “Now, they are being told that Obamacare will shift taxpayer funds away from the most vulnerable populations, women and children — for whom the Medicaid program was created to assist — and give them to prisoners.

“In Kentucky, there is already a major strain on the system that includes a shortage of physicians accepting Medicaid patients,” McConnell added. “That will only increase under this initiative.

“This is yet another disturbing aspect of a profoundly troubling piece of legislation,” he said.

Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar told Newsmax that the Affordable Care Act is “just another way for the Obama administration to redistribute income.

“It requires one group of people to pay increased healthcare premiums to subsidize another group of people,” Gosar, a dentist, said in a statement. “Now, it appears that these middle-class families, who have seen their premiums skyrocket, are paying for prisoners to enroll in Obamacare.