Medicare Cuts, Obamacare Prompt Hospital Layoffs

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Many hospitals are slashing jobs and cutting patient services citing Medicare cuts, the difficult health care landscape, and the Affordable Care Act as the reasons behind their decision.

Over a dozen hospitals have announced job cuts in the past three weeks, the Washington Free Beacon found. Some hospitals announced they would close altogether, while others are downsizing and eliminating some of their services.

Connecticut’s Lawrence + Memorial Hospital announced last week it was cutting 33 jobs, citing the “sheer magnitude” of payment cuts from both Medicare and Medicaid.

“L+M and other hospitals are contending with massive structural changes that are happening very rapidly,” hospital president and CEO Bruce D. Cummings said in a statement. “We are also experiencing unexpected—and previously unbudgeted—cuts in federal (Medicare) and state (Medicaid) funding. “

“The sheer magnitude of the Medicare and Medicaid cuts impel us to look at all of our services and costs, including the largest component of our budget—personnel,” Cummings said, citing a 20 percent cut in Medicaid proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and approved by the state legislature resulting in a $550 million hit to Connecticut hospitals. Sequestration also resulted in an additional $1 million loss for L + M this year.

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  • James

    This is so typical of the stupid democrats. They want to add millions to insurance so they can get medical treatment and make it so
    expensive that the hospitals have to lay off people. This means millions more patients a tens of thousands of less hospital staff to tend to the patients needs. These dam democrats get some hair brain idea that looks good and then puts it into effect with the result of
    destroying a system that works for something that looks and sounds good but does not work. Then knowing that the dam idea will ruin the country they still insist on continuing with it rather than admit they were wrong.

  • Rita Schell

    I think that was the plan all along. Impossible to execute…. so now we have no choice but to have a single payer system via our benevolent government. Will those exempt from obamacare now be exempt from socialized medicine?

  • Janice Dyer White

    Have any of you talked to your doctor’s lately? Three of mine retired last month and the new ones I am seeing are also considering retiring early like the end of December. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful medical care in this country only to be destroyed by Obamacare. In about three years expect to find yourself in a hospital that is comparable to being in a hospital in Russia or let us say Cuba. I say three because I have seen the destruction Obama has done in only three years. If you don’t care about anything else, please consider your health and the health of those you love. We want them around for a long time.