I appreciate your added nuances, but let me repaste what Romney is quoted as saying:“You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity"$35K. Anyone. In perpetuity. Lots of people making $25K won't qualify for Medicare, even at the 133% bump. He didn't say anyone. He said for somebody who is making 25-35K per year who is given free health care, it is a really big deal. He did not say that everyone who is in that income threshold qualifies for the free healthcare - just that the people who do qualify for free health care are receiving a very significant benefit relative to their financial straights. At no time did he make the assertion that anyone making less than $35K would qualify for Medicaid.And aren't at least half the new members of Medicare children? I don't think so - I certainly have never seen anything to suggest that (I assume you meant Medicaid). Half of existing Medicaid recipients are children, which is (in part) a function of the fact that under the current system it is much easier to qualify for Medicaid as a minor than an adult. Children only make up about 15% of the uninsured population so it's pretty unlike that they would make up half the new Medicaid population. It should be noted that a fair number of those children are already eligible for Medicaid, but are simply not enrolled - about 11 million individuals (more than 20% of the uninsured) are eligible for Medicaid but haven't signed up, primarily minor children and their families.Albaby
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