In Chicago (where else?) if you are busted for a serious crime you will, as Mark Niquette of Bloomberg reports, likely be:
… sent to the Cook County Jail to be fingerprinted, photographed and X-rayed. You’ll also get help applying for health insurance.
The enrolling of inmates is being copied in other jurisdictions and will result in an estimated cost shift of some $6.5 billion from local governments to the feds. Proponents of the plan argue that it is a crime fighting measure since it will:
... make recidivism rarer, because inmates released with coverage are more likely to get treatment for mental illness, substance abuse and other conditions that can lead them to crime.
Yesterday we learned that Obamacare was the answer to “job lock.” Today, it is the answer to “locked up.”
Is there anything it can’t do?