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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

More Americans Heading For Unemployment Benefits As Hospital Construction Ends Because Of Obamacare

Obamacare repeal efforts by the GOP, previous post, found here.

After writing about the planned repeal vote in the House of Representatives for January 12, 2011 and hitting publish, I ran across another Obamacare related piece of news over at Weekly Standard.

We have heard Republicans call Obamacare a job killer and have seen other examples previously, now we have more firm examples of that claim are being seen as portions of Obamacare kick into effect for the new year.

Under the headline, "Construction Stops at Physician Hospitals," Politico reports today that "Physician Hospitals of America says that construction had to stop at 45 hospitals nationwide or they would not be able to bill Medicare for treatments." Stopping construction at doctor-owned hospitals might not seem like the best way to boost the economy or to promote greater access and choice in health care, but that exactly what Obamacare is doing.

Kenneth Artz of the Heartland Institute explains, "Section 6001 of the health care law effectively bans new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) from starting up, and it keeps existing ones from expanding." Politico adds, "Friday [New Year's Eve] marked the last day physician-owned hospitals could get Medicare certification covering their new or expanded hospitals, one of the latest provisions of the reform law to go into effect."

Obamacare just added more people to the unemployment line.