From the NY Post:
While the nation debates health-care reform, state Democrats are secretly considering $1 billion in new taxes on medical services, The Post has learned.
Although the taxes would be imposed on health-care providers, they'd be passed along to insurers or local governments. And it's ultimately taxpayers who'd be sucker-punched.
The clandestine strategy was prompted by Democrats desperate to dodge Gov. Paterson's proposed cuts in education and more readily noticeable health-care spending, according to a source.
The increases are expected to be considered by the state Senate Finance Committee, headed by Brooklyn Democrat Carl Kruger, at a two-day special legislative session slated to begin today.
They'd be imposed on top of about $8 billion in new taxes and fees approved earlier.
Since the new taxes would show up on bills to insurance companies, they would likely raise premium rates.
The measure would also hit local governments, which pay a portion of all Medicaid costs. They would then scramble to make up their losses through taxes.