We are told that the hospitals are full to bursting. Is it of their own design? Not intentionally and possibly due to poor planning and the recent expansion of Medicaid in Idaho. The latter was the result of a public referendum in 2018. It was passed by a wide margin, surprising many who thought a majority of Conservative voters would instead reject the idea.
None appear to have been laid off, but hospitals won’t say how many quit, which would also encourage a crisis.
Wayne Hoffman is the president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation. He told Newsradio 96.1 FM and 1310 KLIX that the state’s largest hospitals have also not kept pace with population growth. We have fewer beds now than almost ten years ago.
With the second round of the COVID-19 pandemic expected to plague the state, these may be key factors in overcrowded healthcare facilities. Hoffman published a column on the matter on the IFF website. You can read it in click here.
He also told us that when he worked for the Department of Agriculture 15 years ago, he was aware of hospitals being booby-trapped for mass casualties and pandemic events. Other more recent factors may have crushed the pandemic response.
We also discussed recent campaign contributions received by Governor Brad Little from the CEO of St. Luke’s. It’s not illegal, but “optics” seem strange to some of us. The check was given the day before the hospital planned to lay off workers who had not received COVID vaccines.
None appear to have been laid off, but hospitals won’t say how many quit, which would also encourage a crisis. You can click on the video below to hear Wayne Hoffman.