ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Some foster kids are second-class citizens
While many young adults are now covered by the Affordable Care Act, able to remain on their parents' insurance until age 26, the rules are different for those like Cox-Reed, who grew up in the foster care system.
There are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services said last year. All are provided with health care coverage as long as they are wards of the state.
When foster kids turn 18, they age out of the system and instantly lose their coverage.
That's about to change, when another part of Obamacare takes effect on January 1, 2014. Medicaid coverage will be extended for former foster youth until they reach 26, as long as the individual was in foster care and enrolled in Medicaid until the age of 18.
So far so good:
But there's a catch. States will only be required to keep former foster children on Medicaid if they continue to reside in the state where they were in foster care originally.
So a twenty-year old kid can't leave the state to look for a better job? WTF?!
Again, not the biggest problem in the world: Only 400,000 foster kids, after all. But all of these problems that I keep hammering on -- all of them -- stem from Obama's decision to reject a simple proven solution -- universal health care as a right of citizenship with Medicare for All -- in favor of a botched up kludge of a million different special cases. That initial system design choice (in policy terms, to preserve the health insurance industry, even though they are rentiers in pure form who bring no value to any transaction in which they engage) is the cause of all the problems we are facing now, and is why ObamaCare will not save any money, and will still leave millions without coverage.