Obamacare was presented as a response to the humanitarian needs of the poor. This was supposed to enable all people to have insurance and access to quality health care. In fact, it seems to be achieving the opposite. It may be limiting the care that the poor receive. Take for example Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. They may close the doors on its endoscopy center and lay off more than 20 employees, including 17 nurses. Hospital officials state they need to space for an expansion of their emergency department that is scheduled to start this fall. Part of the reason is due to reduced reimbursement and the fact that the test is cheaper when not done in a hospital setting. Those being seen at the hospital include lower-income folks with complicated health issues as well as frail seniors.
New Milford Hospital in Connecticut is closing its Family Birthing Center. They are consolidating their center with that of Danbury Hospital. The decision to close the eight bed center was not easy. They will continue to offer women prenatal, postnatal and gynecological services. As a result of lower birth rates, and the amount of staffing needed, the center was running a $650,000 per year deficit.
Another sad example is Easter Seals Oregon. They are closing their Children's Therapy Center in Salem after 15 years. The reason is diminishing funds that pay for the subsidies required by the program. They provided special needs children with various services including occupational, physical and mental health therapy. Their goal was to have each center around the state self-sustaining. The Children's Therapy Center has been operating at a loss for years.
A business closure that helped the poor was the Volunteer Center of Sacramento. It is a non-profit that was matching volunteers with businesses, schools and churches. They donated food and gifts to needy families. Their reason for closing? They lost their state funding.
These were examples of just a few of the health related businesses that were closing. But there have been significant layoffs in the medical field as well. New Jersey's Somerset County is seeing the Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center reduce its staff. Waiting times for new clients may get longer and certain services are being cut.
In Frederick, Maryland, the Frederick Memorial Hospital is laying off employees as a result of shrinking revenues and admission of fewer patients. The Scooter Store has furloughed all of its employees while waiting for the results of an FBI investigation. Quinte Healthcare is trying to figure out how to close a $10 million funding gap by cutting employees.
In looking at what is taking place in the medical field, it seems as though free contraception and abortion are luxuries that the poor cannot afford. Add in the fact that the cost for the insurance for younger people will go up because the cost for older consumers cannot be more than three times that of the cheapest cost without considering claims activity and you have a chaotic system that is doomed to fail. If changes are not made soon, watch as the death rate in poor neighborhoods begins to increase.