That has left many poor people in those states, unable to get health insurance or Medicaid. "Now Republican leaders in Georgia and Mississippi may be bailing out hospitals that will lose funding they would have gotten from Obama's health-care law," Ray Henry and Christina A. Cassidy write for The Associated Press.
Three rural Georgia hospitals have closed in recent months, and finances are becoming an issue for Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital because approximately 60 percent of the patients are uninsured or on Medicaid, and officials say the federal cuts might cost the hospital $141 million. "You're talking about a large number of uninsured; you're talking about a Trauma I center," said Chris Riley, chief of staff for Gov. Nathan Deal. "You're talking about a hospital that serves a very primary purpose, covers a lot of Georgia residents."