I get the impression that many on this board have incomes even in retirement that render this moot, but am wondering if there are any others who like us are living entirely off of investments and have low enough taxable incomes to be eligible for Medicaid in 2014 when all of the ACA provisions kick in.
We're a couple, no kids, and thanks in part to the low capital gains rates in recent years haven't even come close to 10K in taxable income in years now. According to the Kaiser calculator:
Health Reform Subsidy Calculator - Kaiser Health Reform
and other tools I've looked at we'd be able to drop private health insurance, use Medicaid for catastrophic coverage and pay out-of-pocket for basic care as we've been doing for years anyway with high-deductible bare-bones policies. There's no means testing for Medicaid eligibility under ACA, though I gather some states may impose that. Any thoughts welcome and appreciated.