Maryland's $119 Million Stealth Tax Hike
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Joseph Antos wants to make sure Maryland's taxpayers are fully informed about the $119 million health-care decision the state's liberal bureaucrats recently enacted. As a conservative commissioner on the state's Health Services Cost Review Commission, Antos may be in the minority. But that hasn't kept him quiet.
My Heritage Foundation colleague Bob Moffit shared a statement from Antos that's getting some much-needed attention in the Free State. According to Antos, a health policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute, taxpayers got the raw end of the deal when the commission signed off on a plan that he considers a boondoggle for hospitals
Antos' concerns extend beyond the hit Maryland taxpayers will feel in their wallets. He lambastes his fellow commissioners for conducting their business out of the public's view without debate. Antos said the proposal was negotiated with hospitals, but not insurers -- fostering the impression of favoritism. He also suggests that the commission was biased toward a proposal that ultimately cost taxpayers more money.
Even in a liberal-leaning state like Maryland, you'd hope transparency and free-market principles would ultimately prevail. Unfortunately, Antos informs us, that's not the case.