By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Here we go again.
This week U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkely urged Saint Alphonsus Health System to not close their birth center at the Baker City hospital.
This is exactly like the State politicians who threatened the Mount Hood Medical Center to not close.
Oregon hospitals and health care businesses are bleeding money (over $300 million lost recently) and suffering a labor shortage caused by the politicians. High taxes are both driving customers out of Oregon while robbing the critical revenue from health care centers creating a doom loop of disaster.
As we previously reported:
Legacy Mount Hood’s Family Birth Center is closing. A Springfield and Bend center have already closed. The Legacy Birth Center was already a low volume center, but made worse since Oregon is witnessing a decline in population of families. As young families leave, the number of natural births decline.
The labor shortage is the other reason the center is closing.
Oregon pushed out many medical workers because the State mandated a vaccine policy that was rated inflexible and among the six most restrictive in the nation at a time when most states did not have a mandate (those that did, most had flexible options like weekly testing).
Finally, since Oregon raised $300 million in hospital and health care taxes while driving up labor costs, hospitals have been losing money. Over $300 million last year alone.
Also, recently several pregnancy help centers have been attacked by Leftist rioters.
This Eugene pregnancy center had to board up its windows as nearly 100 rioters descended on it.
Liberal polices making Oregon a difficult place to raise a family.