Making the Hippocratic Oath Illegal

A man walks into an emergency Room. He is obviously injured. He says he was mugged just blocks away from the hospital. This being 2013, he is first asked if he has insurance. He says no, that his coverage was cancelled and he could not afford the new coverage.

He is told to please walk two miles to the county hospital, for that the hospital he walked into is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable hospital and if they treat him, the IRS will charge the hospital with a violation of the Affordable Care Act and fine them.

Charitable hospitals that treat uninsured children will now be fined and receive harsher scrutiny when applying for non-profit, tax-exempt status.

The Internal Revenue Service’s Section 501 goes into effect under Obamacare. The provision stipulates new financial penalties for charitable, tax-exempt hospitals that treat uninsured poor Americans. Currently, 60 percent of American hospitals fall under this category.

Analysts explained that charity serves as a major deterrent for the uninsured to enroll in Obamacare, so the Obama administration is fining charitable hospitals.

But really, Obama cares about people.

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4 Responses to Making the Hippocratic Oath Illegal

  1. Paul B says:

    Well, that is one way to stop the EMTLA act. That was the government showing its warm cuddly side and setting up a chain of events that brought us to the ACA acts attempt to curtail health care cost.

    How addressing insurance would ever control costs is beyond me, but I was trained in GAAP accounting methods. Not the minute of Unicorn we are using now.

  2. Toastrider says:

    Maybe the minute of Unicron, but definitely not unicorns.

  3. Rolf says:

    That is just SO twisted. The solution, of course, is that part of the “admitting” procedure is to fill out the app and pay for it on the spot out of the hospital’s pocket, so they are no longer uninsured. I mean, they’d never do that, would they?
    http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2013/11/will-hospitals-buy-aca-insurance-for-their-uncovered-patients.html
    Man, this thing keeps getting better and better!
    If the Republican’s can’t turn this clusterfark into a nearly clean sweep, I think I’m going to start running as a Whig candidate.

  4. Toastrider says:

    Rolf: I said as much in the post about the Iran deal.

    The Obama administration has frankly surpassed Carter — hell, I think they’ve surpassed Buchanan and Harding — as ‘worst administration ever’. The GOP needs to win, or go home.

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