hospital

Obamacare nightmare begins as hospital workers go unpaid

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: Obamacare, unpaid hospital workers, Medicare payments

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement
Delicious
(NaturalNews) For sure, most people who work in the healthcare field do so because they care about taking care of folks and making people well. But at the same time, it is the way in which they make their living, so, like the rest of us who still have a job in Obama's economy, they expect to be paid for their services.

Obamacare, however, is making it more difficult for hospital employees in some parts of the country to be paid. And why? Because as bad as government healthcare reimbursement bureaucracy was before Obamacare, the president's signature law is vastly compounding the problem - so much so that one Houston-area hospital can't pay its workers, as reported by the local ABC affiliate:

Dozens of employees at a hospital in northeast Houston have had to make it through the holidays without getting paid for weeks. The CEO of Saint Anthony's Hospital on Little York is blaming a new Medicare payment contractor for his payroll problems.

Nearly 150 employees, ranging from doctors to nurses and administrators, haven't been paid in nearly a month, and the CEO says it's not his fault.


Owed nearly $3 million

The facility is not broke, mind you - that's not the problem. Cash flow is the issue - as in, the hospital is not getting reimbursed by the government for services provided to government-insured patients:

The hospital is strapped for cash not because its not making money, but because... a new Medicare payment facilitator named Novitas Solutions is taking [way too] long to pay out Medicare claims to the hospital.

[Hospital CEO Jason Leday] says he's owed nearly $3 million in payments from Medicare and can't make payroll.

In a statement to Eyewitness News, Leday said:

"I'm very remorseful and disappointed that we can't provide paychecks for those employees. It breaks my heart."

Leday said he hasn't collected a paycheck either in nearly a year. He said he's had to give gas and grocery money to his employees from his personal bank account.


Pathetic - but the "new normal" in the age of Obamacare.

"It's been hard for everybody," Leday said. "This is a national issue that affects us locally. We are adapting to the new ways of doing business that have been created. We think we can be successful in 2013 and can take care of all of our employees through the transition."

As of press time, the ABC affiliate says the Medicare contractor, Novitas Solutions, had yet to respond to requests for comment.

Government - a history of ineptitude

The Weekly Standard reports that the contractor hasn't been around too long. In fact, the magazine reported that Novitas "also runs the south-central region's Medicare website which was launched just two days before the October 1 launch of Healthcare.gov."

And, just like the federal online exchange, Novitas' site has also been a glitch-prone disaster. So it's hard telling who among the site's enrollees is actually enrolled, and who has actually paid for their enrollment - and where the money has gone.

As Natural News has reported - often - all of this was foreseen. The idea that the federal government could take over one-sixth of the U.S. economy and do so properly, efficiently and effectively was folly from the start. A government that can't run a profitable mail delivery service, that pays 100 times more for a hammer and toilet seat than such items are worth, that consistently wastes hundreds of billions of dollars annually, and that cannot build a ship or fighter plane without massive cost overruns and delays - cannot "run" a healthcare system for 300-plus million people.

Folks who support Obamacare - especially those in the administration - keep saying, "Give it time, things will all work out." And yet, a day doesn't go by when, through the government's chronic ineptitude, they are proven wrong.

Besides, wasn't this "system" supposed to have been built and ready to go a couple of months ago?

Sources:

http://www.weeklystandard.com

http://abclocal.go.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.