Hospitals Slam Trump - No To Trumpcare, No To Diluted Medicaid

A lot of people have spoken about AHCA and how it will affect the sick and the poor. There is another player that one has to think about in order to understand the injustice that AHCA is going to be. That player is the Hospital where the treatment has to be provided.
I can start with one simple fact - hospitals should prepare as if they will be taking care of more patients who have no insurance or means to pay. That is likely to happen as with the AHCA coming into play.
Ron Howrigon. President of Fulcrum Strategies in Raleigh, N.C. gave a simple explanation for the reason why hospitals believe the number of uninsured will go up.
"The Republican healthcare plan will have an overall negative impact on hospitals. It will likely increase the number of uninsured while at the same time providing an avenue for reduced benefits for those who do have insurance. Eliminating the individual mandate and much of the employer taxes will allow for more people to drop out of the insurance market, thus increasing the uninsured.
This is not a simple matter of what hospitals will do with those who are not insured. It is also about those who will come into the hospitals with stripped down insurance plans. What is stripped down insurance plan? Imagine an insurance company that wants to give a very competitive plan out in the market. Now, they cannot offer top of the line product to you for a low cost, can they? So, what they do is take some of the parts away. Just like a lower model of a car which maybe does not have Power Windows. So, in order to get that part of the requirement covered the patient has to pay out of his own pocket.
Now, will you be surprised to know that one recent study found that half of hospital bills go unpaid! Yes, half!! Most of these unpaid bills are from uninsured patients but some are from people who have inadequate insurance and have to pay heavy deductibles. These patients are unable to meet their obligations and the hospitals go unpaid. As is, no hospital in the USA denies immediate medical care to anyone in their ward. If we have to uphold the strong system that has been created till now, we need to give better protection to the hospitals.
Andy Davidson, president and CEO, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems gave out a written statement on behalf of his organization and to quote one part of it:
“Oregon hospitals believe that the AHCA will cause serious damage to the progress our state has made on coverage, transformation and cost-savings. More importantly, we believe it will have deep and lasting negative impacts on the health of Oregonians. We cannot support this bill and urge the Senate to reject it.”
Such strong sentiments are not profit oriented as the GOP would want you to believe. Healthcare and quality healthcare at that, needs a lot of technology and upkeep. It is not cheap. Ask third world countries where the equipment were installed by WHO and they lie useless because they do not have the money for the upkeep and maintenance of the systems. Unpaid bills means less facilities. More comprehensive insurance means less unpaid bills.
Ted Chan. Founder of CareDash spoke from Cambridge, Mass,
Opponents of government programs to increase healthcare coverage, including the ACA, argue that the programs are too expensive. Cutting these programs merely shifts the burden with hospitals absorbing most of the cost. When hospital bills go unpaid, taxpayers and local governments are often forced to pick up the tab. The question is not whether healthcare coverage should be paid for; it's who pays. No one benefits when people are denied access to healthcare.
Medicaid is another place where the AHCA and proposed plans will hit hard. For example, the AHCA as it stands now would cut $4.7 billion of federal support for the state’s Medicaid program over the next four years in the state of New York. This in turn means that approximately 2.7 million New Yorkers stand to lose their coverage. All across the America, the same scene would repeat with little variance. According to a statement put out by AARP:
The proposed legislation would also make huge cuts to Medicaid by taking $880 billion out of the program by 2026. How? By, among other things, fundamentally changing the way the program is funded. Under the AHCA, Medicaid funding would move from a federal guarantee to match all legitimate state expenditures on health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) for eligible beneficiaries, to a capped payment system that would give states a fixed dollar amount per enrolled beneficiary. Although per enrollee caps respond to changes in enrollment, they do not respond to increases in health care costs attributable to medical or pharmaceutical innovation, nor do they respond to other changes in the health care environment that could affect per enrollee spending.
Under these circumstances investment gurus are already asking investors to stop investing in Hospital stocks. In fact, apart from medicine manufacturers every sector is looked upon as negative in medical industry.
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