Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fourth Georgia hospital closes due to Obamacare payment cuts

More "unexpected" consequences of ‪ObamaCare?

"The federal government has historically made payments to hospitals to cover the cost of uninsured patients seeking free medical care in emergency rooms, as federal law mandates that hospitals must care for all patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Because the Affordable Care Act’s authors believed they’d forced all states to implement the Medicaid expansion, Obamacare vastly cut hospital payments, the Associated Press reports."

In the Supreme Court decision that upheld the ‪#‎ACA as constitutional, the ability for the feds to make the states expand their Medicaid programs was struck down. Now, with the government no longer fully bailing out the uninsured who seek their care from hospital ERs, many hospitals are being forced to close their doors, as they are still required to treat everyone that comes in, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Lower Oconee Community Hospital is, for now, a critical access hospital in southeastern Georgia that holds 25 beds. The hospital is suffering from serious cash-flow problems, largely due to the area’s 23 percent uninsured population, and hopes to reopen as “some kind of urgent care center,” CEO Karen O’Neal

We MUST hold those Democrats who voted for ObamaCare accountable this fall for passing this mess without reading it... it's a national disgrace.

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