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KentuckyOne Health CEO admits layoffs happening because of Obamacare; Beshear really sorry

by Lisa Graas on February 20, 2014

Steve Beshear is really sorry about that. Hope and Change, ya know.

Steve Beshear is really sorry about that. Hope and Change, ya know.

Kentucky is hurting in more ways than one. We need to repeal Obamacare. This is just the latest reason, not the only reason.

Governor Steve Beshear, who is perhaps Obamacare’s biggest cheerleader; most definitely so here in Kentucky, had this to say about layoffs and bed cuts in Kentucky due to Obamacare.

WHAS 11 News:

“I am disappointed about the loss of jobs in the Commonwealth, but understand KentuckyOne is making adjustments to meet the changing demands of the health care economy, just as many organizations must do from time to time.”

Hey, do you expect a Democrat to subject himself to moral criticism? If so, what rock have you been living under? They don’t do the morality thing, remember? Hence, Beshear doesn’t mention that these layoffs (and bed losses), which are numerable enough to be announced frequently in the press, are actually due to Obamacare.

MedCityNews reported this in January:

The recession has come to health care — in large part because of the Affordable Care Act — and the problems that it presents are not unique to KentuckyOne Health, its CEO said Wednesday.


Ruth Brinkley, president and CEO of KentuckyOne Health, said the layoffs and loss of beds her organization is facing are challenges, but patients should be able to get the medical care that they need.


Brinkley spoke to The Herald-Leader’s editorial board Wednesday following news earlier in the week that KentuckyOne Health, which employs 15,000 people and runs St. Joseph Hospital and St. Joseph East in Lexington, is facing a $218 million deficit and is looking at cutting staff and reducing the number of acute-care beds.

“Patients should be able to get the medical care they need…” with fewer beds and staff?

Have they heard of the nursing shortage? This is from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing:

The U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) that is expected to intensify as Baby Boomers age and the need for health care grows. Compounding the problem is the fact that nursing schools across the country are struggling to expand capacity to meet the rising demand for care given the national move toward healthcare reform.

Obamacare is “compounding the problem” which is the nursing shortage by creating higher demand for healthcare, and (now, we learn) Obamacare is responsible for layoffs and decreased beds in Kentucky.

How do we provide more actual healthcare if we increase demand for healthcare amidst a nursing shortage, and if we simultaneously lay off significant numbers of nurses while cutting the number of beds?

Will “death panels,” which are “built into the plan,” be the “healthcare” that Baby Boomers will be offered here in Kentucky? It’s a fair question. Baby Boomers are those born between the years 1946 and 1964. Beshear was born in 1944. How safe is he from the death panels? My guess is that he will be well taken care of. Someone has to have a success story with this monstrosity, after all, right?


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