Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How are fewer hospitals consistent with the idea of better care?

Beats me. Ask the geniuses who engineered Obamacare.
Under the headline, "Construction Stops at Physician Hospitals," Politico reports today that "Physician Hospitals of America says that construction had to stop at 45 hospitals nationwide or they would not be able to bill Medicare for treatments." Stopping construction at doctor-owned hospitals might not seem like the best way to boost the economy or to promote greater access and choice in health care, but that exactly what Obamacare is doing.

Kenneth Artz of the Heartland Institute explains. "Section 6001 of the health care law effectively bans new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) from starting up, and it keeps existing ones from expanding." Politico adds, "Friday [New Year's Eve] marked the last day physician-owned hospitals could get Medicare certification covering their new or expanded hospitals, one of the latest provisions of the reform law to go into effect."
Could political wheeling and dealing have played a role in the creation of this asinine section of the law? Need you ask?
This little-noticed but particularly egregious aspect of Obamacare is, by all accounts, a concession to the powerful American Hospital Association (AHA), a supporter of Obamacare, which prefers to have its member hospitals operate without competition from hospitals owned by doctors. Dr. Michael Russell, president of Physician Hospitals of America, which has filed suit to try to stop this selective building-ban from going into effect, says, "There are so many regulations [in Obamacare] and they are so onerous and intrusive that we believe that the section [Section 6001] was deliberately designed so no physician owned hospital could successfully comply."
Obamacare is a time bomb that will not only destroy one of the best health-care systems in the world, but the U.S. economy, as well. As professor Jacobson has said, it’s time to make the Democrats vote for this abomination all over again.


Steve Skubinna said...

They'll just have to work smarter, not harder.

Oh, and the cut in hospitals... we're calling it "Right Sizing."

JeffS said...

It's time to tar and feather the Demonrats, and run them off to the paradise of their dreams. Cuba, say, although North Korea is further away.