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  • ricky1820l ricky1820l Sep 20, 2013 12:45 AM Flag

    Obamacare forces Cleveland Clinic to cut thousands of jobs

    Cleveland Clinic, which is the largest employer in Northeast Ohio with about 39,000 workers in the region, announced the cuts to its 2014 budget at a meeting Wednesday due to Obamacare. An Ohio clinic that was touted by Obama while he was speaking on health care reform is now blaming ObamaCare after it was forced to cut $330 million from its budget.
    The clinic is being forced to cut back to prepare for increased costs and decreased revenue under the health care reform law, approximately 3,000 employees will be eliminated.
    In a press conference in July 2009, Obama said the Cleveland Clinic is an example of health care that works “well.” Now four years later, employees at the clinic say they won’t be able to provide patients the same quality of care anymore under Obamacare.

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    • I'm a physician and thats just not true.

      Republicans can't have it both ways.

      I think the main reason Republicans don't like ACA is that it offers too many protections for consumers and not enough room for insurance companies to screw patients.

      • 4 Replies to new.poster
      • You are not a doctor and if so you would probably be a republican someone that is trying to protect tax,s for everyone. Also it is the leftist liberal democrats that are in the pockets of the medical insurance companys. They like the fact that they dont have to cross state lines and can charge whatever they want. The republicans have tried over many years to get that dropped and the leftist liberal democrats wont let that happen. If so you would have competation form the medical insurance companys which would lead to lower rates. ACA Obama Care does not offer protection for consumers they have to depend on a medical board about what can be treated and the cost of the treatment which means that some doctors and hospitals wont be taking in those type of patients.

      • ... OH, you're a physician ?? You should take your temperature .. and NOT with a rectal thermometer (if you know the difference) because a REAL physician wouldn't waste his time posting on a message board to promote ObamaCare ... smiles !!

      • You are no physician you a Obama liar. Conservatives are for what is best for American families. Obamacare kills American jobs and reduces quality of healthcare.

      • You're a physician? Why is it that the insureance companies were the ones that wrote the bill if it keeps them from gouging consumers? Hmmm? And, their stooges in Congress didn't even read it before passing it. Sure would hate to be treatede by a Doc like you.

    • ...“Now four years later, employees at the clinic say they won’t be able to provide patients the same quality of care anymore under Obamacare.” – fake ricky utilizing winfrog’s distortion editing technique to pass along more lies.

      Oh, good heavens…how horrible…the first signs that this legislation will achieve what it is intended to do…bring down healthcare costs. You’ve obviously never been to the Clinic Campus…walk in most of the buildings and you’d think you’re in the glitzy hotels of Vegas. It’s my hospital and the care is world class, but there’s overkill in the venues, and a lot of waste that can be eliminated…obviously you didn’t read the article but simply saw another opportunity to misrepresent Obamacare. Please note: “We have to make healthcare more affordable to patients”…Oh, NO! Listen up Tea Party…those commies are trying to make health care more affordable for you…you certainly don’t want that, do you? (Nice message you’re sending.)

      From the actual article:

      “The clinic plans to shave 5.5 percent from its yearly spending by tightening operations budgets for things like travel, filling vacancies only where necessary and combining services in areas where there are overlapping offerings, said spokeswoman Eileen Sheil. The clinic will offer early retirement to 3,000 employees and may cut jobs if it can’t otherwise reach $330 million in savings for 2014, she said.

      ‘…the Cleveland Clinic is trying to be proactive…We have to make health care more affordable to patients because the costs are going to fall more on them in the future,’ said spokeswomen Eileen Sheil

      The clinic’s goal is to update its approach to providing care that fits more with current needs, rather than the existing approach that was designed for users in the 1950s, she said. The organization hasn’t had any layoffs for several years and only cut about 200 jobs during the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, she said. The new changes are designed to improve efficiency and WON’T AFFECT SERVICES FOR PATIENTS, she said.

      “approach designed in the 1950’s” …That’s your problem…you’re stuck in the 50’s, afraid of change and trying to maintain the status quo.

      • 5 Replies to echo2165
      • the Cleveland Clinic is trying to be proactive…We have to make health care more affordable to patients because the costs are going to fall more on them in the future,’ said spokeswomen Eileen Sheil

        The clinic’s goal is to update its approach to providing care that fits more with current needs, rather than the existing approach that was designed for users in the 1950s.

        This does not equate to a cost saving for health care customers. These are as yet unachieved goals. They are attempting to reduce their operating costs, partly by cutting jobs. This will likely contribute more to their bottom line than in reductions to patients.

        "We have to make health care more affordable to patients because the costs are going to fall more on them in the future"

        Exactly. The cost will not be borne by the providers or insurers but by the patients...those same ones that don't have jobs or have been cut hours, or have had their old health care taken away or won't be able to buy the insurance the new laws will demand they purchase.

        This sounds like a good plan all the way around...for all those new government employees that the taxpayers will have to pay for and the insurance companies that survive this President's attempt to destroy their industry.

      • ricky18201@ymail.com ricky18201 Sep 20, 2013 12:41 PM Flag

        I don't always talk to Obama voters, but when I do, I ask for large fries!

      • As I've mentioned, my insureance cost jumped 20% this year. Costs coming down? Doubt it very much.

      • "Oh, good heavens…how horrible…the first signs that this legislation will achieve what it is intended to do…bring down healthcare costs."

        The clinic stated it is eliminating healthcare workers and reducing the quality of care because Obamacare is increasing healthcare costs not reducing them you idiot. What absolute morons you cool aid drinking liberals are.

      • Interesting response but what does it mean when she says: "We have to make health care more affordable to patients because the costs are going to fall more on them in the future" ??? Who does the cost fall on now???

    • Going to eliminate the employees? Rather a drastic move, I believe.

 
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