Monday, January 24, 2011

"If it comes out of my pocket..."

Remember Governor O’Malley’s campaign commercial banging Bob Ehrlich for raising fees and taxes? You know the one, in which an allegedly random citizen says “if it comes out of my pocket, it’s a tax.”

Going by that logic, O’Malley’s FY 2012 budget proposal contains a $264 million tax increase.
O’Malley plans to slash $264 million in Medicaid payments to hospitals. The Health Services Cost Review Commission will have to determine where the burden of that cut will go. To handle O’Malley’s $123 million cut in the FY 2011 budget last year, the committee portioned out the burden on hospitals and insurance companies.

The costs, of course, were passed on to the public in the form of higher hospital rates and increased insurance premiums for workers and employers. The commission will most likely repeat its cost shifting plan.

O’Malley’s proposal is a 111 percent increase over the previous year.

Governor O’Malley promised to submit a budget without tax increases. By his own standard, he has failed to keep that promise.

However, as with all of Martin O’Malley’s promises, his pledge not to raise taxes comes with an expiration date. See electric rate increase, BG&E.


John J. Walters said...

I almost feel like this is all part of the strategy being employed by ObamaCare supporters.

Step 1: Pass expanded healthcare legislation in a shady way.
Step 2: Make decisions that drive up the cost of care for those people foolish enough to still pay for it themselves.
Step 3: Reap in the support for a single-payer system as people get fed up with the skyrocketing costs.

Eludius said...

One of those "ordinary citizens" from that O'Malley commercial is actually one of his employees. She lives in Eldersburg.