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North Carolina mayor walks to
Washington to bring focus to
ObamaCare´s effect on rural hospitals

Fox News, by Staff

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/27/2014 4:39:34 PM

A North Carolina mayor on Sunday was just a few miles away from finishing his 273-mile walk to Washington to draw attention to the closing of his small town’s local hospital and the plights of other rural facilities caught in financial bind created largely by ObamaCare, a changing economy and less federal funding. “We’re almost there,” Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal, a Republican, said as he reached northern Virginia ahead of an approaching thunderstorm. “We’re going to make it.” The mayor and others argue that an increasing number of small, rural hospitals have been shuttered since ObamaCare was signed into law in

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 7/27/2014 5:30:38 PM     (No. 9942347)

He has made the mistake of thinking that Obamacare had anything to do with health care. This will have no impact on our aristocrats in the Congress and this Administration.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 7/27/2014 5:56:24 PM     (No. 9942362)

This mayor is an idiot. All you have to do is read the article. The company that owns the hospital closed it because it served 4 (or 20, there were both figures given) patients a day! They then opened a clinic are are planning an urgent care. You can´t keep a full-fledged hospital open and functioning on 4-20 patients a day. The town is too small for a hospital. Plus the company said town didn´t even do things they had pledged to do.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4justice, 7/27/2014 9:32:49 PM     (No. 9942492)

#2, that may be true, but unless we have all the information, we can´t jump to conclusions. How large was the hospital? How long had it been in business? What was the patient load before 2008? There are many factors not in the equation that may be relevant. All I know is the economy has driven many small businesses out of existence...thus, jobs go away and people move. The tax laws on medical devices and the masses of regulations and reporting changes has made it extremely more expensive to provide proper healthcare. Finally, I know it is only anecdotal, but most of the people I know have significantly less coverage now than they did before ACA passed. Their premiums and deductables have skyrocketed, a lot of their prescriptions (especially the expensive meds) are no longer covered, and most can no longer see their doctor. Many doctors will not take the new policies. Also, pain management doctors won´t take MediCal or cash because of fear of losing their licenses due to strict DEA scrutiny.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/28/2014 12:45:53 AM     (No. 9942585)

Don´t know if I would have done that. His rural hospital can be turned into an orphanage for those poor little children crossing the border.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/28/2014 5:19:33 AM     (No. 9942660)

BarryCare isn´t about health care. It´s all about killing off as many citizens as possible and bankrupting the country.

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