Cutting hospital funding merely shifts costs onto businesses and their workers.
Virginia’s hospitals are getting whacked, and it would be naïve to expect that the pain will not spread.
Proposed state budget cuts would ding private hospitals a total of $34 million next year. Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and the University of Virginia Health System, which care for the largest numbers of the uninsured, face a hit of $24 million in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget plan and a devastating $500 million in federal cuts over five years starting in 2017.