This is what I live for. This is why talk shows are successful. This why Democrats are on the ropes. Well … except in Connecticut. From CTNewsJunkie.com. Bless her heart.
I will admit when I first saw Christine’s headline I thought she was just teasing me. But as I read her amazing well written report I knew it just had to be true. Speaking to the Connecticut Hospital Association yesterday, Malloy took pains to explain why he would be eliminating the $83 million dollars hospitals receive for treating the uninsured in the state. But in true Democrat fashion, he will impose a 5.5% tax on providers to raise $260 million, some of which will be used to replace the lost funds. Problem solved? Not exactly.
What’s hard for the hospitals to swallow is the unfairness of the tax.
Under Malloy’s proposed hospital tax everyone can’t be a winner.
Harp said federal law dictates that 75 percent can be winners, but 25 percent have to be losers, meaning they receive less back than they contribute.
Cost shifting. Spread the wealth around. But that’s not the money line.
Malloy said he understands he’s taking away the money for the underinsured and uninsured fund two years before it’s scheduled to disappear under federal reform, but he tried to make up for that with the provider tax proposal.
“I’d prefer perfect, but it’s not the set of circumstances I’m dealt,” Malloy told Barwis.
If hospital executives were expecting Malloy to sympathize with their situation, it didn’t happen. Malloy offered the executives glimpses at the reality and budget situation he has to deal with and perhaps hoped he would receive some sympathy from them too.
“I know you all want more of my money,” Malloy said. “No one has taken me up on my willingness to swap deficits so…but I think you all get it.”
Christine Stuart goes on to report that the state thinks the hospitals should understand that under the Governor’s plan more people will be added to Medicaid and will receive reimbursement in that fashion. But hospitals are quick to point out that under medicaid they only receive 70 cents on every dollar, when they do receive payment. And with more Doctors not accepting medicaid, it really is nothing more than “spread the wealth around.
Still I think the most egregious statement by the Governor was his offer to “swap deficits” with any of the hospitals. It’s the worst of straw man arguments. The Governor’s job is to deal with his legislators overspending and an offer to swap problems doesn’t do anything to change that responsibility. Nor do hospitals have an obligation to relieve him of that responsibility.
Secondly, it’s not your money champ, as taxpayers have been trying to tell you. Go to the post and read it all.