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Tue Feb 18, 2014, 04:15 PM

Fourth Georgia Hospital Shuts Down As The State Continues To Refuse Medicaid Expansion

Source: Thinkprogress

For the fourth time in two years, a rural hospital in Georgia is shuttering its doors over a dearth of patients who can pay for their medical services, the Albany Herald reports. An increasing number of hospitals that serve large numbers of poor and uninsured Americans are being forced to close in states that are refusing the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.

The Lower Oconee Community Hospital, a so-called “critical access” hospital in southeastern Georgia with 25 beds, will close down and possibly re-open as an urgent care center that provides services that aren’t quite serious enough to necessitate an emergency room visit. Patients in the Wheeler County region who need more extensive medical care after the hospital closes will need to travel upwards of thirty miles in order to receive it.

“We just did not have sufficient volume to support the expenses,” said CEO Karen O’Neal in an interview with local CBS affiliate WMAZ. “It’s a terrible situation, and it’s tragic, the loss of jobs and the economic impact.”

Last fall, Bloomberg reported that at least five public hospitals in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia — including three in Georgia alone — were cutting staff and services in the wake of their refusal to expand Medicaid. These hospitals are so-called “Disproportionate Share Hospitals” — providers that serve a disproportionate number of poor and uninsured Americans, and as such don’t always receive payments for the care they give patients.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/02/18/3299961/fourth-georgia-hospital-shuts/

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Reply Fourth Georgia Hospital Shuts Down As The State Continues To Refuse Medicaid Expansion (Original post)
Seedersandleechers Feb 2014 OP
LynneSin Feb 2014 #1
JNelson6563 Feb 2014 #2
closeupready Feb 2014 #4
Hayduke Bomgarte Feb 2014 #6
AndyTiedye Feb 2014 #7
valerief Feb 2014 #9
Glitterati Feb 2014 #12
silvershadow Feb 2014 #15
Fumesucker Feb 2014 #18
azurnoir Feb 2014 #3
ChairmanAgnostic Feb 2014 #10
bkanderson76 Feb 2014 #11
louis-t Feb 2014 #5
KamaAina Feb 2014 #8
hibbing Feb 2014 #13
Lobo27 Feb 2014 #14
greymattermom Feb 2014 #16
NYtoBush-Drop Dead Feb 2014 #17

Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 04:28 PM

1. If you are poor and live in a Red state you are screwed

I mean in general the poor are getting screwed but it's way worse in the red states.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 04:33 PM

2. I wonder how those folks will vote in November.

Will they be finally able to see how their own self interests are disregarded by those they've been fooled into supporting?

A girl can dream...

Julie--the dreamer

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 04:44 PM

4. But what about teh gheys?!?

 

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 04:55 PM

6. I wonder how those folks will vote

I'll bet a weeks pay they just can't wait to get out and vote for those who will save them from two guys or two ladies holding hands, and whoever else Limbaugh and Fox tell them to.

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Response to Hayduke Bomgarte (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:03 PM

7. We Know How the VOTING MACHINEZ will Vote in Georgia

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:13 PM

9. Voter ID laws will make sure they can't vote. nt

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:27 PM

12. Many are likely to be DEAD by November

 

not that that matters in politics, right?

Sometimes DU makes me sick.

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 07:17 PM

15. They will probably blame Obamacare, when they should blame those who resisted the expansion. nt

 

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:00 AM

18. You might be surprised

http://themonkeycage.org/blog/2012/03/23/voting-patterns-of-americas-whites-from-the-masses-to-the-elites/



Within any education category, richer people vote more Republican. In contrast, the pattern of education and voting is nonlinear. High school graduates are more Republican than non-HS grads, but after that, the groups with more education tend to vote more Democratic. At the very highest education level tabulated in the survey, voters with post-graduate degrees lean toward the Democrats. Except for the rich post-graduates; they are split 50-50 between the parties.

What does this say about America’s elites? If you define elites as high-income non-Hispanic whites, the elites vote strongly Republican. If you define elites as college-educated high-income whites, they vote moderately Republican.

There is no plausible way based on these data in which elites can be considered a Democratic voting bloc. To create a group of strongly Democratic-leaning elite whites using these graphs, you would need to consider only postgraduates (no simple college grads included, even if they have achieved social and financial success), and you have to go down to the below-$75,000 level of family income, which hardly seems like the American elites to me.

The patterns are consistent for all three of the past presidential elections. (The differences in the higher-income low-education category should not be taken seriously, as the estimates are based on small samples, as can be seen from the large standard errors for those subgroups.)

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 04:44 PM

3. sounds like the Republican poverty reduction plan

is proceeding as scheduled

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:18 PM

10. reducing those in poverty by reducing them to an early grave.

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:24 PM

11. Yes It Certainly Seems To Be Working Very Well...Just As

ridding the basement of rats, you starve 'em then watch 'em flounder in poison.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 04:46 PM

5. Repukes are job killers.

And people killers. Disgusting.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:04 PM

8. And you know darn well these areas are deep Red

 

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:28 PM

13. Dead Kennedys - Kill the Poor

Gosh this country is seriously screwed up. Bunch of Bible thumpers doing their best to deny health care to the least (wealthy) among us. I suppose just like the state I live in where the governor rejected Medicaid expansion and is now pushing "tax relief", i.e. tax cuts for the 1%.

Peace

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 07:16 PM

14. GoP should rebrand itself as the party...

That only values life in words!!!

Because once your born you're a moocher and when you're old they can't wait for you to die.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 09:26 PM

16. Dems just need to explain it this way

We are sending our tax dollars to pay for Yankee health care.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:38 AM

17. well when the "crackers" are dead...

they will stop voting in these miscreants.

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