ACA: Unravelling Rural Care
Once again, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), who is in charge of ObamaCare, proved they are incapable of running programs that help American families. HHS interference in the free market has caused taxpayers to pay over a billion dollars more than originally projected, and because of the miscalculation HHS made, Medicare patients are suffering the punishment through the loss of hospitals and increased costs too. Currently, rural Medicare patients are the first to feel the side effects of the failed government regulations.
Of the 1,329 rural hospitals that receive a special critical access hospital reimbursement rate to help cover the expenses of patients, 849 of them will not meet the requirements to be funded under new health care laws. Brock Slabach, the senior vice president of the National Rural Health Association says, “We are alarmed by the message this is sending to rural America. Using Missouri as an example, roughly 70% of the rural critical access hospitals in that state alone would lose their designation, and face possible closure. Does that sound rational to anyone living outside of Washington, DC?” But HHS doesn’t seem to care about the 60 million plus rural residents that use these hospitals because HHS now plans to defund the hospitals they put into financial dependency to begin with. The lives of these Americans are not important to HHS if they can save some money to boost their books. In fact, the original reimbursements were intended to create hospitals that would benefit and help finance rural communities, but what HHS really did was force hospitals to base their decisions upon mandates from HHS (to receive funding) and no longer be able to base decisions on the needs of the hospitals community. This is just one more example of HHS failing to run health care; now they are going to be running health care for the entire country?
HHS is planning to operate ObamaCare the same way as the CAH law; costs are higher than projected, and since HHS controls the money, HHS get to make the rules no matter what anyone else says. Moreover, do not think that they will be concerned with the health needs of Arkansas families; HHS is concerned with meeting their quotas in DC so they can pat themselves on their own backs at the end of the day, pretending they actually helped out Arkansas. Families in Arkansas must take a stand and make sure no program is ever implemented in this state that has been created to fail and steal taxpayer money in the process. An organization that does not care about the economic well being of this state should not be permitted to feast off of the plates of Arkansas families.