Gov. Nathan Deal’s solution to the ‘hospital bed tax’ debate

Want your free copy of Gov. Nathan Deal’s solution to the debate over renewing “hospital bed tax”/Medicaid assessment fee? Just click here.

Here’s a summary from my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin, gleaned from last night’s Wild Hog Supper:

Gov. Nathan Deal believes he has found a possible solution to one of this year’s thorniest legislative issues: how to keep hospitals that rely on Medicaid solvent while allowing legislators to avoid voting on what some see as a tax increase, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

Deal’s floor leaders in the House and Senate will introduce legislation today that switches the responsibility for levying the fee from the Legislature to the Department of Community Health. The move to levy a provider fee would replace the so-called bed tax on hospitals.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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16 comments Add your comment

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 14th, 2013
12:34 pm

And, of course, it’s not wormy when the dummycrats fund obozocare by passing more of the cost of Medicare along to the states, now is it?

jd

January 14th, 2013
12:46 pm

Looks like a Revenue bill — the House may have objections to this starting in the Senate…

jd

January 14th, 2013
12:47 pm

Looks like a revenue bill…

jd

January 14th, 2013
12:47 pm

Looks like a revenue bill…

Jon Lester

January 14th, 2013
1:04 pm

I’m reminded of when George H. W. Bush tried to rename new taxes as “user fees.”

Puerile Pedant

January 14th, 2013
1:49 pm

I’m surprised that Deal did not suggest “more guns” as the answer…

Marlboro Man

January 14th, 2013
2:02 pm

What a foolish ploy

honested

January 14th, 2013
2:06 pm

The Governor missed an opportunity to point out the job of the Legislature is to ensure necessary functions are funded and functional rather than to pander to those who do not comprehend the requirements for adequate revenue.

Shar

January 14th, 2013
2:21 pm

Feckless, amoral hypocrite.

td

January 14th, 2013
2:45 pm

honested

January 14th, 2013
2:06 pm

Define necessary? Why is it necessary for the taxpayer to pay for 25% of our states citizens to have Medical coverage?

td

January 14th, 2013
2:49 pm

honested

January 14th, 2013
2:06 pm

” requirements for adequate revenue.”

Our revenue this year will be about $4 billion higher then when the Dems had control over the state. How much revenue is enough and how high should our taxes be to pay for government spending?

Kris

January 14th, 2013
2:50 pm

Shady deal shift the tax to another dept….wash his hands no tax…..Just another shady crooked DEAL from the governor (loosely used term)..

Thought I would throw this out there….

Warning…warning

News Flash, The Georgia legislators

Come Monday, mothers should keep their small children in the house and all should avert their eyes because the state assembly is in session. Its not safe for man or beast to walk the streets. If anyone drops their wallet in near the Gold Dome, I’d suggest they kick it to Stone mountain before bending over to pick it up.
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/georgians-to-legislature-make-job-creation-top-pri/nTt3W/

History Will Teach Us if we Will Learn

January 14th, 2013
3:22 pm

td, “adequate funding” is whatever the Governor puts in a budget and submits to the legislature every year. He bases his budget on requests made by all Departments and balances them against revenue projections for the coming year. The Legislature reviews,adjusts and passes the Budget and returns to the Governor for signature. The Governor can line item veto any items the legislature adds to his original proposal. Not included are bonds some Republicans like to sell in lieu of tax increases. The servicing of the bonds becomes another line item in the budget. I apologize for not giving you a smart alec answer or calling you names or alleging you’re really Trisha Disha but you asked a legitimate question.

honested

January 14th, 2013
3:41 pm

History,….

You beat me to it!

Kris

January 14th, 2013
5:01 pm

Shar “”Feckless, amoral hypocrite.”

Could have not said it better..

Be on the lookout for another (infact several) to pop up from this SHAQDY DOUBLE Dipping Crooked DEAL….

Nate 2014 will be here soon…

yuzeyurbrane

January 14th, 2013
5:12 pm

At least td is being honest—what he is really against is providing healthcare for the poorest 25% of our state’s population.