Thursday, September 24, 2015

Uh oh

Bobby Jindal's awful hospital privatization scheme turns out to be awful.
BATON ROUGE — LSU is seeking to end its deal with the private manager of its Shreveport and Monroe hospitals, two years after hospital operations were turned over to a research foundation as part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to privatize the state's charity hospital system.

The university system sent formal notice Thursday to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, or BRF, that it considers the hospital manager in breach of its contract. It gave the foundation until Oct. 5 to withdraw as hospital operator.

"We have exhausted all avenues to resolve our differences amicably and now must take action that we hoped would not be necessary," LSU System President F. King Alexander said in a statement.

In a July letter to the research foundation, Alexander said BRF had not established a sustainable financial model for the hospitals, had damaged the LSU Shreveport medical school's reputation and threatened the stability of both the medical school and the hospitals.
Bobby probably didn't plan for the awfulness of the thing to come crashing down quite so quickly, though.  I wonder who, if anyone, in the BRF is disappointed in the efficacy of a contribution to Believe Again or America Next.

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