Taxpayers saved by the… Obamacare Readmission Fees

October 27, 2014 7:22 AM

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President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act – known to friend and foe alike as Obamacare – is rapidly settling into America’s landscape. In politics, its virulence is receding: Republicans are far more muted in their attacks than anyone expected a few months ago. The outcome to next week’s midterm US elections will not hinge on the public’s ambivalence about the law. On the ground, its impact is spreading like an inkblot.

According to HCA Holdings, one of America’s largest hospital operators, both hospital admissions and profits have jumped in the past year. That may be a bit surprising given that many worried that readmission penalties, falling Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and exchange plans squeezing hospit...

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