Last year, Wishard folks acted with urgency to push through a referendum on the new hospital and opted to have it decided in a special election rather than wait until the May 2010 primary. At the time, I wondered if Wishard was racing to beat the Obama health care reform which would provide insurance to the uninsured and give those folks who now go exclusively to Wishard the right to go to hospitals other than Wishard for their medical care. In short, the Obama health care plan could end up diverting people to other hospitals leaving Wishard without its enormous pool of uninsured patients.
The Indianapolis Business Journal has an article today examining the impact of the health care reform bill. It did not, however, discuss the impact of the law on Wishard.