The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. “Obamacare”, was supposed to make health care more affordable and easier to obtain. But ironically, in order for Clifton Springs Hospital in Rochester, NY to get ready to operate under the new law, they’ve had to lay off almost 60 employees.
Clifton Springs Hospital let almost 60 non-clinical employees go last Friday. Hospital officials says it’s all because they’re trying to get ready for the impact of the new health care act. The act changes the way health insurance is run and the way hospitals are paid.
The Affordable Care Act means many of you will be making more decisions when it comes to your own health care. Health care workers say co-pays and deductibles will be higher, that means things like x-rays and MRI’s will cost you more. So people will be forced to decide if they really want them. That might mean fewer people in the hospital.
Making more of our own decisions? Pretty soon we’ll have to decide which of the four tiers of coverage offered under Obamacare. According to information released by the IRS, the lowest “bronze” tier is estimated to cost about $20,000 per year for a family of five. So much for being “affordable”.