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Catch-22 for Catholic Hospitals under Obamacare
WDTPRS ^ | August 10, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Posted on 08/11/2013 5:42:26 AM PDT by NYer

You are a homeless person. You are sick and you know it is bad. You stagger into the ER of St. Ipsidipsy Catholic Hospital in Tall Tree Circle. You have no insurance, health coverage, or money. You are seen by a doctor and treated.

The Obama Administration then punishes the hospital for treating you, a person without government-approved obligatory Obamacare.

From the Daily Caller:

Obamacare installs new scrutiny, fines for charitable hospitals that treat uninsured people

Charitable hospitals that treat uninsured Americans will be subjected to new levels of scrutiny of their nonprofit status and could face sizable new fines under Obamacare.

A new provision in Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, which takes effect under Obamacare, sets new standards of review and installs new financial penalties for tax-exempt charitable hospitals, which devote a minimum amount of their expenses to treat uninsured poor people. Approximately 60 percent of American hospitals are currently nonprofit.

Charity for the uninsured is one of the factors that could discourage enrollment in Obamacare, which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or else face new taxes themselves from the IRS. [You all get that, right?]

“It requires tax-exempt hospitals to do a community needs survey and file additional paperwork with the IRS every three years. This is to prove that the charitable hospital is still needed in their geographical area — ‘needed’ as defined by Obamacare and overseen by IRS bureaucrats,” said John Kartch, spokesman for Americans for Tax Reform.

Failure to comply, or to prove this continuing need, could result in the loss of the hospital’s tax-exempt status. The hospital would then become a for-profit venture, paying income tax — hence the positive revenue score” for the federal government, Kartch said. “Obamacare advocates turned over every rock to find as much tax money as possible.” [Sly, no?]

Additionally, the rise in the number of insured Americans under Obamacare will make it more difficult for tax-exempt hospitals to continue meeting required thresholds for treating the uninsured, driving more hospitals into the for-profit category and yielding more taxable money for the federal government.

“The requirements generally apply to any section 501(c)(3) organization that operates at least one hospital facility,” according to a “Technical Explanation” report of new Obamacare provisions prepared by the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) on March 21, 2010, the day Obamacare passed.

Obamacare’s new requirements could slam hospitals with massive $50,000 fines if they fail to meet bureaucrats’ standards.

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Read the rest there.

So, the Obama Administration forces everyone to get health coverage, but for a non-profit hospital to maintain its non-profit status, it has to treat a minimum number of those without coverage. But that pool of people will shrink dramatically, thus driving hospitals into the taxable category.

Good grief.

“Good morning, ma’am! We’re from the government and we’re here to help!”



TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: charity; frjohnzuhlsdorf; health; hhsmandate
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1 posted on 08/11/2013 5:42:26 AM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Last winter, my daughter who was unemployed at the time, needed an outpatient surgical procedure. I took her to a Catholic hospital. After completing a series of forms and providing supporting documentation, her medical bills were slashed by 90%, under a special catholic charitable fund established for just this type of situation. God help us all!


2 posted on 08/11/2013 5:45:07 AM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer

But but but ... the USCCB SUPPORTED OBAMA in this....Yup they did!! Even though this law embodies much of what Catholics consider pure evil.


3 posted on 08/11/2013 6:02:52 AM PDT by browniexyz
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To: NYer
Convoluted, treacherous evil of this level is either carefully planned or supernaturally inspired.

The evil here seems to be beyond normal human limits.

4 posted on 08/11/2013 6:04:24 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Behavior Insights Team Exigency Monitoring Executive (BITEME))
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To: Aevery_Freeman

And it’s growing!


5 posted on 08/11/2013 6:07:50 AM PDT by Errant
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To: NYer; zot; Interesting Times; Alamo-Girl; SeekAndFind

Why should I be surprised when the current administration and democrat legislation punishes religious charities for helping the poor, according to our Christian beliefs, when it replaces government ‘charity.’ (and I use the word ‘charity’ here in sarcasm.)

This article needs to be shared on facebook.


6 posted on 08/11/2013 6:09:59 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: NYer
Sure sounds like the plan was written with the express purpose of putting Charitable Hospitals out of business.

The Government wants control of every facet of your life. There will be Government health care or no health care at all.

7 posted on 08/11/2013 6:29:21 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: browniexyz
the USCCB SUPPORTED OBAMA in this

No, they did not. The Catholic Hospital Association, did. Big difference!

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8 posted on 08/11/2013 6:34:50 AM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: browniexyz

That post is clueless and uninformed. They opposed it and it was preached in church under the direction of the Bishops.


9 posted on 08/11/2013 6:36:30 AM PDT by impimp
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To: NYer

Is this part of what Congress and Obortion O did NOT read?

**So, the Obama Administration forces everyone to get health coverage, but for a non-profit hospital to maintain its non-profit status, it has to treat a minimum number of those without coverage. But that pool of people will shrink dramatically, thus driving hospitals into the taxable category.**


10 posted on 08/11/2013 7:05:08 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping!


11 posted on 08/11/2013 7:06:36 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: browniexyz
The Bishops of the USCCB and many others have been standing up against Obamacare. Have you missed ALL these FR threads?



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