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Rural hospital in Georgia closing due to Obamacare, financial distress

Lower Oconee Community Hospital closing its doors
Lower Oconee Community Hospital closing its doors
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images; edited by PC Republican Examiner)

A rural Georgia hospital, the fourth in the past two years, is shutting down and closing its doors due to financial distress and the effects of Obamacare’s payment cuts for emergency services, the Daily Caller reported on Wednesday.

The 25-bed hospital, Lower Oconee Community Hospital, is located in Glenwood, in Wheeler County in the southeast corner of Georgia.

The hospital resides in a rural area where 23 percent of the area’s population is uninsured.

Georgia is one of 25 states who rejected Medicaid expansion and in Georgia’s case; the state cannot afford to expand Medicaid because the state cannot afford it and the majority of the state’s citizens do not want Obamacare instituted in the state.

Sarah Hurtubise, reporter for the Daily Caller said, “The Supreme Court ruled that states could reject the Medicaid expansion in 2012, as part of the decision that upheld Obamacare generally.”

The state’s affordability became known in 2012, when Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal said that the state cannot afford to expand Medicaid due to cost.

Deal said, “No, I do not have any intentions of expanding Medicaid. “I think that is something our state cannot afford. And even though the federal government promises to pay 100 percent for the first three years and 90 percent thereafter, I think it is probably unrealistic to expect that promise to be fulfilled in the long term, simply because of the financial status that the federal government is in.”

On Monday, Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens attended a rally at the Georgia Capitol against Obamacare and he believes that Obamacare is a vast overreach by the federal government, and will continue to fight against Obamacare.

Olens said, “Please rest assured that the office of the State Attorney General will continue to fight the unprecedented over-reach and that will continue to represent you and to remain vigilant in using our authority to challenge the state’s sovereignty.”

The Daily Caller reported in January 2014 that more than 4.7 million Americans had their health insurance canceled because of Obamacare and that number is expected to rise along with more hospitals shutting down.

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