Well, if they aren’t the government-approved type of hospitals, that is.  Catering to lobbyists, ObamaCareâ„¢ cuts off Medicare funding to new or expanded hospitals owned by doctors. 

This little-noticed but particularly egregious aspect of Obamacare is, by all accounts, a concession to the powerful American Hospital Association (AHA), a supporter of Obamacare, which prefers to have its member hospitals operate without competition from hospitals owned by doctors.  Dr. Michael Russell, president of Physician Hospitals of America, which has filed suit to try to stop this selective building-ban from going into effect, says, "There are so many regulations [in Obamacare] and they are so onerous and intrusive that we believe that the section [Section 6001] was deliberately designed so no physician owned hospital could successfully comply."

Competition drives down costs, but with this and all these insurance mandates, it’s sure to do precisely the opposite.  That’s government for ya’.

Doug Payton blogs at Considerettes.

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