Obamacare is Destroying Rural Hospitals

Empty hospital beds. Photo by GOVBA. Empty hospital beds. Photo by GOVBA.

Our Take!

Although the Affordable Care Act was designed to help low-income Americans, one of the groups being hit hardest by the law is low-income rural Americans, who now face massive shortages in part due to the ACA. The ACA’s low reimbursements just are not high enough to keep many facilities in business.

By Guy Gugliotta

Despite residents’ concerns and a continuing need for services, the 25-bed hospital that served this small East Texas town for more than 25 years closed its doors at the end of 2014, joining the ranks of dozens of other small rural hospitals that have been unable to weather the punishment of a changing national health-care environment.

For the high percentages of elderly and uninsured patients who live in rural areas, closures mean longer trips for treatment and uncertainty during times of crisis. “I came to the emergency room when I had panic attacks,” said George Taylor, 60, a retired federal government employee. “It was very soothing and the staff was great. I can’t imagine Mount Vernon without a hospital.”

The Kansas-based National Rural Health Association, which represents about 2,000 small hospitals across the country and other rural care providers, says that 48 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, the majority in Southern states, and 283 others are in trouble. In Texas alone, 10 have closed. READ MORE …

Photo by GOVBA

New Revere Daily Press
About New Revere Daily Press (85 Articles)
<p>The New Revere Daily Press is an all-encompassing, no-holds-barred media platform that delivers news conservatives, libertarians, Republicans, and anyone else who supports the pro-liberty movement values (yes, even you liberty loving Democrats hiding from the rest of your party).</p>

Leave a comment

Twitter Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com