It will be interesting to see how that situation pans out.
We never expected to have so many individuals who have either no health insurance or mimimal coverage — and we also did not forsee such a tidal wave of illegals who are now in this country.
Send back the illegals? that would be part of the problem solved; what about everybody else who is uninsured or underinsured? That problem still exists.
A friend of mine had an idea:
At the hospital where we used to work, there were girls who were pregnant — the hospital put them up in the dorm accross the street that hospital staff used and in return for more or less room and board, the girls were given jobs to do at the hospital — it would be things like work in central supply, help out in the cafeteria, etc.
She suggested that those who were admitted and were self pay more or less barter their time and skills to pay off the hospital bill incurred for services.
Great idea — but to an extent: suppose you are too ill to work or you are too elderly? What then?
At any rate, the uninsured/underinsured is now like the Social Security program:
We have too many people in the system.
And they will be in the system indefinitely.
Obamacare won’t cure this — illegals will not be required to subscribe to it, nor will certain religions — so in other words we still will have charity care for those who cannot pay. We’re stuck at Square One is where this is at.
The only way to get the uninsured/underinsured out of the program:
Supply these people with well paying jobs where there is adequate health care coverage…. but I do not see that happening at all.
Awhile back, I worked for a small company. There were about 50 people working in both divisions.
There was health insurance but here is how it worked: the employee chose any plan they wanted, paid for it out of pocket — and the boss would reimburse the employee for the total premium each month.
This was probably cheaper for him than taking out a group plan. That benefitted everyone: you get your full ride with coverage and he pays for it and it works out cheaper for him.
Getting back to hospitals that are in financial trouble in our neck of the woods: thes facilities cannot expect the state to pump wad after wad of money into their coffers. The state gave a 100M bailout to that one hospital I mentioned. There is now 39M of debt, guaranteed by the state… and now they’re pretty much broke. what do they do? go and hit the state up for another pack of money?
This will not come to a good end for anybody. I suspect the hospital will close. Doubtful if it will be bought in an auction, but maybe it might. I have no idea who would be the buyer.