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PA GOP: Kanjorski’s ObamaCare Vote Closes Three Hospitals

PA GOP: Kanjorski’s ObamaCare Vote Closes Three Hospitals

ObamaCare Leaves PA Hospitals With Uncertain Future

HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding a WNEP report today that three northeastern Pennsylvania hospitals have been put on the market due to new requirements found in the massive Obama-Pelosi-Kanjorski healthcare overhaul bill. For over almost a century, these hospitals, Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Mercy Tyler Hospital in Tunkhannock and Mercy Special Care Hospital in Nanticoke, have been a source of prominent medical care and employment to thousands throughout the region. It’s now evident that this lifeline was extinguished the moment Congressman Kanjorski voted for Obamacare.

“For over a year we have been sounding the alarm on Congressman Kanjorski’s vote for ObamaCare and the negative effects that bill will have on our Commonwealth and its citizens,” Gleason said.  “Because of Congressman Kanjorski’s blind allegiance to Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda, northeast Pennsylvanians will have fewer health care options and many will lose their jobs. As we have warned, Kanjorski’s vote for the takeover of healthcare has led to less choices and more lost jobs.

“Kanjorski supported Pelosi over jobs!  On November 2nd, Paul Kanjorski will get his own pink slip and be replaced by Lou Barletta – a man who knows what it takes to create jobs and get our economy flowing again.”

Adding insult to injury, the hospitals reported that they are doing well financially and are ahead of their budget for this year. If it weren’t for the new restrictions brought on by Kanjorski’s legislation, they would continue to operate and provide care and jobs to thousands in the area. In an unusually frank statement, the hospitals’ CEO Kevin Cook noted how the growing intervention of the government broke the camel’s back at a time when local economies are increasingly vulnerable to the prolonged recession:

“Health care reform is absolutely playing a role. Was it the precipitating factor in this decision? No, but was it a factor in our planning over the next five years? Absolutely,” Cook added.

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