Obamacare layoffs hit major Chicago hospital system

Thomas Lifson
NorthShore University HealthSystem, a large ($1.8 billion annual revenue) Chicago-area hospital network is laying off 130 employees "in a cost-cutting move intended to address uncertainty created by the new health care law," as reported by Crain's Chicago Business.

The health system has looked for cost savings to "ensure NorthShore remains well positioned to deal with the unprecedented changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act."

"We are at a critical juncture and must take additional actions to address redundancies and realign staff in a manner that will allow us to make the best and most efficient use of our resources."

Just as Obamacare theoretically is enabling more people to use the health care system, it is being forced to downsize. The inevitable result is waiting lines, denial of care, and ultimately death panels deciding who gets lifesaving and who doesn't.

The question remains: why is "doing nothing" worse than actively disrupting the health care system via Obamacare?

NorthShore University HealthSystem, a large ($1.8 billion annual revenue) Chicago-area hospital network is laying off 130 employees "in a cost-cutting move intended to address uncertainty created by the new health care law," as reported by Crain's Chicago Business.

The health system has looked for cost savings to "ensure NorthShore remains well positioned to deal with the unprecedented changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act."

"We are at a critical juncture and must take additional actions to address redundancies and realign staff in a manner that will allow us to make the best and most efficient use of our resources."

Just as Obamacare theoretically is enabling more people to use the health care system, it is being forced to downsize. The inevitable result is waiting lines, denial of care, and ultimately death panels deciding who gets lifesaving and who doesn't.

The question remains: why is "doing nothing" worse than actively disrupting the health care system via Obamacare?