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.