Illinois wants to make sure that people applying for Medicaid produce a little more proof than merely writing down an address as proof of residency, except the Obama Administration says NO! The reason for that is because the procedure would have been more restrictive than the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I can't see how asking for a month's worth of pay stubs, instead of the current requirement of one stub is more restrictive. And I have to tell you something else, given that Illinois is a Sanctuary State - what Illinois was proposing is not even out of line with their already whacked-out stand on rewarding Illegals for breaking the law. I mean, what is wrong with getting a little handle on the verification process?
As it stands now, anyone can just mosey into the State of Illinois and pony up a solitary pay stub, of any amount, and get benefits. You have to wonder, given the debt crisis charade being played out in Washington, how many states are being hand-cuffed by some asinine Federal Requirement and what the total cost of that is to empty State Treasuries?
And politicians wonder why people are livid when they hold Americans hostage while refusing to do the simplest things to recapture government waste and fraud. Are they really that stupid? Okay let's just cut to the chase because the answer to that is a resounding yes! Look, I understand and advocate the need to provide for the poor and the indigent but at the same token - that support should go to those who really need it.
The Illinois Medicaid fiasco is just one example of how broken our system is, but, you can rest assure that that isn't the only example! It is bad enough that our elected officials continue to permit unlawful entry into this country and force the subsequent support of Illegals onto American Taxpayers. However, it is even worse when they tell us the country is rapidly going broke and won't do anything about it. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Of course, some elected leaders actually do understand the frustration. Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) is absolutely correct when she said "frankly, this is what enrages people. If all we want to do is find out if people are actually eligible for the services, and the federal government is telling us we can’t do that, that’s absolutely ridiculous."
Other officials may get it too but do they underestimate the costs? Julie Hamos, Illinois' Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director, says she is disappointed with the federal decision even though the eligibility requirements were only a piece of the overall Medicaid reforms and placed a conservative estimate of saving $1 Million a year by looking closer. Personally I think she is being way too conservative and that the number is significantly higher, in large part due to the Sanctuary Policy. As she says, some things are merely a piece and when it comes to the abuse of Health Care, illegals place a high burden on the overall system.
As I see it, verification for the purpose of receiving any government benefit is a must! And anyone thinking that is discriminatory, well, that doesn't wash with me because I would make that mandatory for everyone. Period. Besides, lawful residents already offer proof of identity and eligibility for everything. If there is a discriminatory angle - then it would be in reverse mode.
As I have said repeatedly, there are enough places to cut government waste without holding legal residents and taxpayers hostage. The question, though, does the government have the stomach to do the right thing?
Well, given this latest example of misguided policy - I guess not!
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