By: Brian Evans
As government regulations and government healthcare’s refusal to pay, many times even a fraction of a hospital’s actual expenses for Medicaid covered patients, hospitals, especially rural hospitals and doctors struggle to make a profit, if they can survive at all! However, now as 2020 Democrats promise even more radical government control, and many times full government control, with the promise of ending private insurance and paying for illegals aliens healthcare, leading data to suggest that doctors would fold and close their practices, as well as, hospitals themselves, especially in the poorer and rural areas of the United States! Even Joe Biden, who is supposed to be the most moderate of the Democrat candidates stands radically left of center, as he has promised free healthcare for illegal aliens who step foot onto United States soil, and government-run health insurance, which leads to the death of the private insurance carriers! In addition, new reports indicate that the most moderate of the Democrat plans, which was proposed by 2020 Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, would lead to the closure of more than 1/2 of all rural hospitals in America!
Breitbart News reported…
A study released Wednesday found that a government health insurance option, a proposal backed by former Vice President Joe Biden, could close more than half of America’s rural hospitals.
A study commissioned by the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future and conducted by Navigant Consulting found that “adding a government-run insurance plan could decimate rural hospitals.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s healthcare plan would create a “public option,” allowing a government health insurance option to compete with private health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.
The Navigant Consulting study finds that having millions of Americans switch from their private insurance plan to the public option plan, the public option would pay hospitals at Medicare rates, which is typically lower than private insurance, and cut rural hospitals’ revenues between $4.2 billion and $25.6 billion.
The study found that as many as 55 percent of rural hospitals, or 1,037 hospitals across 46 states, could become at risk of closure from a public option. The closure of those rural hospitals represents more than 63,000 staffed beds and 420,000 employees.
Even if rural hospitals were not to close as the result of the creation of a public option, the study finds that the public option could negatively impact access to and quality of care through elimination of rural hospitals’ services and reduction of clinical and administrative staff and cripple the rural communities the hospitals serve.
To make matters worse for public option supporters, the study suggested that to prevent hospitals from closing under the public option system, Medicare would have to increase payments to hospitals between 40 to 60 percent above Medicare rates, which could cost between $4 and 25 billion annually depending on how many employers move employees onto the public option.
Lauren Crawford Shaver, the executive director of the Partnership, said that despite many Democrats’ attempts to portray the public option “as a much more moderate alternative to ‘Medicare for all,’ the truth is the public option would be also damaging, potentially putting the health and well-being of our rural communities at risk.”
Jeff Leibach, the director of Navigant Consulting and one of the authors of the study, said, “rural hospitals are essential to the health and economic well-being of communities across the U.S., and often represent these communities’ largest employer.”
The analysis serves as a dire warning for 2020 Democrat presidential candidates who hope to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, especially considering that the public option proposal would particularly harm many key swing states.
The study found, if more than 50 percent of Americans with private health insurance move to the public option, many rural hospitals across Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania would close as the result of the public option. The Navigant Consulting study found that 49 hospitals across Minnesota would become at high-risk for closure, as well as 26 in Wisconsin, 44 in Michigan, 27 in Ohio, and 25 hospitals in Pennsylvania would likely close if Biden were to enact a public option health insurance plan.
President Trump won Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and nearly won Minnesota in the 2016 presidential election, and if Democrats were to push for Medicare for All or a public option plan, those plans could serve for a death knell for America’s rural hospitals and jeopardize their chance of winning the 2020 election.
Many leading Republicans such as Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Mike Braun (R-IN), as well as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, have contended that Biden’s public option plan will lead to single-payer health care.
Scott said, with the “Joe Biden plan, basically, they’ll set up a government insurance company and it won’t have to live by the same rules, it’s just a way to get everyone on a government plan.”
“If you do Biden’s plan and what’s going to happen there, they’ll set up the rules where other insurance companies cannot compete so you’ll lose your private insurance, the costs will go [up], the taxpayer is going to pay for this,” Scott added.
Already, at the second Democrat Presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden even made the radical call for jailing insurance industry executives who dare to oppose his health care proposals.
Breitbart News reported…
“I have the only plan that limits the ability of insurance companies to charge unreasonable prices, flat out,” he said. “We should put some of these insurance executives, who totally oppose my plan, in jail for the 9 billion opioids they sell out there.”
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The former vice president further added that such executives were “misrepresenting to the American what” should be done to fix healthcare.
This is not the first time that Biden has signaled his support for jailing insurance industry executives. During the first Democrat presidential debate last month, the former vice president floated the punishment for misleading medical ads.
Joe Biden’s remarks mimic similar calls by some of the other candidates for jailing Americans who dare defy their Party’s will! However, their calls for imprisonment, along with Biden’s fly in the face of the Constitution of the United States, and all the laws that it explicitly lays out!
Apparently, the Democrats no longer look to the Constitution of the United States, but instead view their Socialist-based agenda as the governing manual for the America of tomorrow!