President Obama may have considered his health care law a big victory for his administration, but The New York Times reports that it’s putting strains on some of the country’s most troubled hospitals.
Obama’a Affordable Care Act has cut aid used to pay for emergency care for illegal immigrants. The federal government has spent $20 billion annual to reimburse these hospitals, which are usually in poor urban and rural areas. The law will cut that money in half, based on the prospect that fewer people will need the service after the law is put in place.
Still, there are an estimated 11 million uninsured illegal immigrants living in the US.
Regardless of a person’s immigration status or the hospital’s finances, hospitals are required to offer emergency care.