If one reads through the clickbait article's verbosity to the bottom of the article one will find what the bill actually does:
The law made changes to the procedures to â€œexpediteâ€ the process of certification. Slashing the red tape, â€œinstead of requiring a certification of need, the process is now expedited to allow for an exemption pertaining to the acquisition process.â€ 11
Democrats found a willing â€œpartyâ€ who is â€œinterested in reestablishing the hospitalâ€ as long as the taxpayer picks up the losses they sustain in operations. As part of the letâ€™s make a deal game, the unknown investor must â€œCommit to spending at least $20 million to reestablish the hospital, which includes the cost of land acquisition, building acquisition, new construction, and new equipment.â€ 2
After that the law requires them to treat just about anybody on demand. â€œAdopt and maintain a charity care policy that is no less restrictive than what was in place prior to the closure for at least two years.â€ 3 Of course they will still have to â€œAccept Medicaid and Managed Care Organization patients.â€ 4
This is actually a change away
from government control. "Certificate of need" is a mechanism by which government obstructs new facilities from opening.2
So some private
investor must pony up $20M or more, and if the facility does not operate at a loss, it costs taxpayers nothing. This measure is actually a mechanism to ensure that whoever reopens the facility has pockets deep enough to do all that entails plus actually operate it.3
So the requirement is that the facility's "charity care policy" be the same as it was before, i.e. no change
. Not very socialistic!4
A very large % of LTC facilities accept Medicare, Medicaid, and etc.. Since this facility probably did so before, this also is probably a no change
provision, not very socialistic.
When a clickbait site buries all the relevant information at the bottom of the article under a @#$%ton of blah-blah-blah
it's a huge clue that the clickbait article's claim is utter porcine excrement.