Yes, the program has existed since 1984. But payments have shot up nearly $400 million during his first term, and it appears many of those were fraudulent. The concept of getting this just for asking does seem to be an Obama era phenomenon. But this concept defines the Obama entitlement handout mentality. There is no effort to curb abuse if it leads to more people getting the government handout.
You think that's harsh? Look at the effort to virtually cram food stamps down people's throats. And don't take time to see if they need them.