Editorial: AG’s office must not block sale of two Bay Area hospitals

The Mercury News

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California’s public hospitals have enough trouble providing safety-net care and making their finances work without needless interference from the state.

It boggles the mind that Attorney General Xavier Becerra is asking a bankruptcy judge to block Santa Clara County’s effort to buy O’Connor Hospital of San Jose and St. Louise Regional Hospital of Gilroy.

The alternative is closing the hospitals, setting a horrible precedent for any local government that tries to save health care services in its community. In the East Bay, for example, it might narrow the options for saving Alta Bates Medical Center’s Berkeley campus.