Here is from a front-page story in today’s Chron hard copy:
A quarter of Texas rural hospitals are at risk of closing soon because of pandemic-related financial stress on the health care system, according to a study presented Wednesday by the Texas Hospital Association.
The study, compiled by health care consulting company Kaufman Hall, found the percentage of Texas hospitals that face possible closures in the near future doubled across urban and rural areas over the last two years, from 4.7% in 2020 to 9.2% in 2022. The problem was most pronounced among rural hospitals, of which 26% are at risk of closing – a jump from 16% in both 2020 and 2021.
Here is the entire read: Rural Texas hospitals face closing as COVID support wanes (houstonchronicle.com).
This is not a surprise. Expansion of Medicaid would help offset costs. This is happening in large part because of the GOP’s policies in state government. Democrats should keep making their case to rural Texans.
Donald Trump wants to ditch the Constitution and as usual most GOP elected officials will not call him out. That is okay with me as long as Democrats hold the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia tomorrow.
If you like Christmas tunes and have the SiriusXM app, you can listen to Billboard’s Top 112 Christmas tunes. You will likely disagree with the rankings. They have Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” at number 10. What?
What do Cure, Myrtle Beach, and Cheez-It have in common? They are all names of college bowls that you won’t watch that will be played over the next few weeks.
Commentary has not watched much football – college or NFL – this season. Certainly not an entire game. Maybe a couple or so once they went into OT. Nope. I didn’t watch the arsehole QB with Cleveland yesterday who used to be with the Texans.
Fred McGriff was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. 493 career dingers, 1,550 career RBIs, World Series ring and 5 time All Star. His nickname was “Crime Dog” given to him by Chris Berman of ESPN after McGruff the Crime Dog.
The Rocket, Barry Bonds and Curt Schilling were passed over. Oh, well.