‘Obamacare’ contains money for prisoners’ health care?
State officials looking for ways to cut the skyrocketing costs of providing health care for Texas convicts are now looking to an unlikely source: the federal health care law signed last year by President Barack Obama.
Under a provision of the law, virtually all state prisoners could be eligible for Medicaid coverage of their hospital stays beginning in 2014 — and the federal government would pick up the tab, officials said Friday.
Texas taxpayers are spending nearly $900 million every two years to provide medical care for 153,000 prison convicts, an amount that is increasing every year.
But at a time when Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican leaders nationally are campaigning to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which they call “Obamacare,” the potential savings it contains are proving to be a curious Catch-22.
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