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Several key lawmakers say Gov. Sonny Perdue’s plan for a hospital "bed" tax -- to help fund a $608 million shortfall in Medicaid -- is going nowhere fast. They say they won't support a new tax that could add to the burden of already struggling hospitals and possibly raise medical costs for patients.
But that hardly ends the discussion.
Several proposals are swirling around: the hospital bed tax, a higher tax on tobacco, a Medicaid rate cut, and good old-fashioned spending cuts. For Georgians, the result could mean paying a dollar more for a pack of cigarettes, or seeing a decrease in state services, or seeing their medical costs rise as hospitals and doctors pass on the pain.