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Bob Herman Mar 20, 2017
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Hospitals have a labor problem

Paul Beaty / AP

Hospitals across the country have benefited from Obamacare's insurance expansions, and they hired physicians, nurses, technicians and others in droves to handle the influx of newly insured patients. But now hospitals face tough choices about what they should do with their increasingly expensive staffs if millions of Americans lose health coverage under the Republican Obamacare replacement.

The latest federal data reinforce what hospital officials say is happening: Hiring is slowing down in the face of the political uncertainty.