Study: Obama Retaliating Against States That Refused to Sign Up for Obamacare, Defunding Hospitals

by Warner Todd Huston | July 23, 2015 2:18 pm

A new study shows that Obama is retaliating against states that refused to sign up for Obamacare. The study shows that hospitals in the states that didn’t sign onto Obamacare are being starved of government subsidies while hospitals in states that jumped on the Obamacare bandwagon are suddenly becoming rich.

I thought Obama claimed that he cared about people’s health? Is Obama now deciding to hurt people[1] in states that didn’t agree with his healthcare policy?

…there has been a growing divide nationwide between hospitals that are suddenly making nice profits and those that are desperately turning to public donations to stay open, according to a Reuters report.

As it turns out, some hospitals that are accepting federal money to expand Medicaid are getting paid, allowing patients that were uninsured to get regular care, but in states that didn’t expand Medicaid — most notable, those in conservative areas that opposed Obamacare like Georgia — the Affordable Care Act hasn’t been helping public hospitals at all. So while Obamacare may not be actively preventing access to healthcare in those states, rejecting some of the key aspects of it is indirectly.

The public exchanges the government has established along with 14 other states have allowed previously uninsured people in all parts of the country to start getting health coverage for the first time in a long while, but poor people in many states aren’t seeing any difference.

In fact, nearly four million uninsured Americans with low incomes who live in states that didn’t expand Medicaid would have qualified for coverage had the states not avoid expanding Medicaid, and hospitals in these states often have to rely on bond markets to fund themselves. And they are probably going to feel the financial pain as time goes on, which will limit available health care for people.

Looks like Obama is taking revenge against the sick, to me.

  1. Obama now deciding to hurt people:

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