The lack of expansion of Medicaid is the responsibility of the Republican dominated legislature in the state capital. But let's blame Obamacare??
Liberty Hospital said the 2014 Affordable Care Act would reduce payments to the hospital from Medicare, and the hospital would experience reduced payments because of lack of expansion to the Medicaid program.
"The hospital needed to be prepared for that as opposed to waiting until that actually goes into effect," hospital spokeswoman Julie Simpson said. "Our CEO, our board of directors and our management team decided to take a look at how to be prepared for those cuts that will take place no matter what we do."
Liberty Hospital is a 250-bed regional medical center serving Clay and Platte counties as well as the northwest Missouri corridor.
The hospital currently has more than 1,700 employees and 300 physicians. The public hospital opened in 1974.