The Visiting Nurse Association of El Paso, Texas is announcing that effective next year, it will cease all operations. According to the El Paso Times, the 46-year-old association cites two factors forcing its closure: a cut in Medicaid payments, and the employer mandate built into Obamacare.
Both factors stem from President Obama’s signature law, the so-called Affordable Care Act, as it also slashed Medicaid to build part of its funding.
The non-profit Visiting Nurse Association has about 850 employees who serve about 800 patients, most of whom depend on Medicaid. Many of those employees earn the bare federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Chief Executive Officer Joe Wardy, who is also a former Democratic El Paso mayor, says that the VNA has been operating on the edge for years, but Obamacare’s funding cuts and mandates have finally forced it to close for good.
While promoting the Affordable Care Act before its passage, President Obama promised all Americans that after the law passed, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
h/t 2nd Amendment Mother