Category Archives: Hospital BS

ABOUT THAT DOCTORS VS. OBAMACARE VIDEO

This has received a lot of play, but it gets a lot its “facts” wrong. For example, it misses the most important difference between hospitals and free-standing surgery centers. The former are more expensive because hospitals are required by federal law to take all comers. It also compares hospital list price to actual payment received [...]

OBAMACARE & CRIMINAL INTENT

My latest article for the American Spectator is about an obscure section of ObamaCare that undermines a core principle of our justice system—-that a person cannot be convicted of a felony unless it has been proven that he acted with “criminal intent.” Section 6402 revises existing law so that the government can ignore the criminal intent principle in violations of [...]

OBAMACARE THE HOSPITAL KILLER

A lot of people think hospitals have magical powers, that they are somehow immune to the effects of rising costs and decreasing payments. These people are in for a rude awakening. ObamaCare will put upward pressure on expenses by herding huge numbers of people through the ER, imposing costly IT mandates and creating a regulatory burden that is [...]

DUMBEST HEALTH CARE POST OF THE WEEK

Once again, the Health Wonk Review has proven to be a cornucopia of clueless posts on health care. By far the dumbest contribution to the latest edition is this post by Roy Poses about the salaries received by hospital CEOs: We recently posted about the latest example of generously paid health care leaders, million dollar plus hospital [...]

OBAMACARE ALREADY KILLING HOSPITAL JOBS

Remember when Nancy Pelosi told us that Obamacare was going to create 400,000 new jobs? Well, I guess this Massachusetts hospital didn’t get the memo: About 50 full-time jobs will be eliminated at the HealthAlliance Hospital — Leominster Campus, and one of two planned expansion projects may be cut back. And how did Obamacare accomplish this? [...]

A PARODY OF O’S HEALTHCARE.GOV VIDEO

John R. Graham, of the Pacific Research Institute, sends up Obama’s video about HealthCare.gov. My favorite part is his mention of Harry Reid’s letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius whining about reimbursement cuts to Nevada hospitals: I am very concerned that this proposal will result in a net reduction in payment to Nevada’s hospitals when they [...]

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE AHA?!

Apparently, the American Hospital Association has learned nothing from the failure of the AMA’s quisling strategy. The organization that should be defending hospitals against bureaucratic intrusion has endorsed Donald Berwick, who promises to be the most radical and intrusive CMS head ever: On Monday, 10 leading hospital groups representing the bulk of America’s hospitals, including the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association of [...]

OBAMA RECESSION + OCARE = CROWDED ER

Due to the historically high unemployment rates the country has experienced since the Obama regime took power, the ER at my hospital (like most others across the country) has experienced a dramatic increase in volume. We are treating a lot of people who lost their health insurance coverage when they lost their jobs. Because we don’t turn patients [...]

OBAMA ORDERS HOSPITALS TO GRANT GAY PARTNERS VISITATION RIGHTS & POWER OF ATTORNEY

In a stunt designed to change the subject from confiscatory income tax rates and throw a sop to an increasingly restive gay community, Obama has issued another of his infamous executive orders: President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of [...]

A SPECTRE IS HAUNTING HEALTH REFORM

It is the spectre of abortion …  I have to confess that I haven’t given much thought to the abortion issue as it relates to health care reform. Like most observers, I’ve been thinking about mandates, the public option, etc. Nonetheless, as Dan Riehl points out, abortion has been looming menacingly in the background. And [...]