Obamacare Forces Another Georgia Hospital To Close

Obamacare is so great and so effective that people aren’t getting sick anymore like they used to prior to Obamacare. The effect has been that hospitals are closing down, because they’re not needed.

I’m only joking. About people not getting sick anymore. But hospitals are closing down. And it’s because of a number of things that are all rooted in government intervention into the healthcare sector of the marketplace.

The Daily Caller reported on a recent hospital closure in Georgia:

The fourth Georgia hospital in two years is closing its doors due to severe financial difficulties caused by Obamacare’s payment cuts for emergency services.

The Lower Oconee Community Hospital is, for now, a critical access hospital in southeastern Georgia that holds 25 beds. The hospital is suffering from serious cash-flow problems, largely due to the area’s 23 percent uninsured population, and hopes to reopen as “some kind of urgent care center,” CEO Karen O’Neal said.

Many hospitals in the 25 states that rejected the Medicaid expansion are facing similar financial problems. Liberal administration ally Think Progress has already faulted Georgia for not expanding Medicaid as Obamacare envisioned.

Yes, if Georgia had only expanded their Medicaid program, perhaps we wouldn’t be having this problem. But that would cost Georgians billions of dollars over the next decade, something that Governor Deal wasn’t willing to do.

The Obama administration was banking on states’ expanding their respective Medicaid programs so that lower-income people would be covered, and so that the federal government would be able to cut their payments to hospitals.

So, when many states decided not to expand their Medicaid programs, which would have required raising taxes on their residents, the federal government still went ahead and cut their payments to those hospitals. It’s kind of a punishment for the states’ refusal to expand their welfare programs.

So, whose fault is it exactly? The federal government’s for going ahead and cutting hospital payments? Georgia’s for not expanding their Medicaid programs? I would say neither, but both. These are just the problems that come about when governments get this involved in areas that should remain private or charity-based. A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take it all away.