Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Nancy Pelosi just admitted that it didn't matter if everyone had health insurance and they were satisfied with the quality of their care. According to her, the cost of coverage was too high and unsustainable; unlike the 14 trillion dollar debt we just incurred. And never mind that it is government regulations and mandates that is one of the biggest factors in the cost of health care.
Now that the federal government has basically taken over the system, the building of hospitals has come to a screeching halt:
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."
I wonder how sustainable Obamacare is going to be when you can't build a hospital. I guess that is one way to cut down the cost. You can't treat people if you have no where to go. Thank you Nancy Pelosi.