Update on Senate Republicans that voted against a tax hike

Last evening, I pointed out a couple of paragraphs from an AJC article that discussed rumors concerning a couple of Republican Senators.

Vote information wasn’t available last night, but as you’ll see here three Republicans (Jeff Chapman, Mitch Seabaugh and Preston Smith) vote against HB 307. Judson Hill, after a meeting with leadership left the capitol and did not vote.

Apparently, Hill and Smith resigned their chairmanships and Seabaugh, who is considering not running for re-election to the Senate (see update below), was removed from the Majority Whip post by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and leadership over HB 307.

[UPDATE – 4/4] Sen. Seabaugh e-mailed to tell me that he is seeking re-election.

25 comments

  1. Goldwater Conservative says:

    This is not suprising.

    Afterall, there is no room for representation (dissent) in the GOP. You obviously must toe the party line.

    Didn’t these guys know that the state party knows what is best for their constituents? Just like the RNC knows what is best for every district? The party line…not the actual opinions of the voters.

    The only good thing about that strategy is that it will help that party sink further and faster.

    • appachtrail70 says:

      Perhaps after losing his Chairmanship he was too angry to stay around and vote. If he had no guts, he would have voted with Casey.

      • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

        By not voting, he essentially counts as a “NO” vote since only a “Yes” vote counts as a Yes.

        • Romegaguy says:

          I hope his opponent does a mail piece saying she wont run away from the tough issues and she wont draft legislation forcing Georgians to purchase health insurance

  2. galiberal says:

    We are going to stay on the three Democrats that broke party lines to vote for the Hospital Tax

    http://galiberal.com/?p=9708

    “Jesus went throughout Galilee…curing every disease and every sickness among the people.” (Matt 4:23)

    It is Holy Week, so I must ask: Would these three Democratic Senators tax Jesus for healing the sick?

    • mitchmartin says:

      You have no idea what you are talking about. The “hospital tax” as you call it would have resulted in higher Medicaid reimbursements for hospitals. This would greatly help those hospitals that do a lot of Medicaid services, such as Grady. Guess who is on Medicaid — THE POOR (at least until Obamacare opens it up for just about everyone). It is unconscionable that these Democrats voted against helping the poor. I can understand the Republicans doing it, but the Atlanta Dems voting against it is the most asinine thing I’ve ever seen.

      • galiberal says:

        Each hospital shall be assessed a provider payment in the amount of 1.45 percent of the net patient revenue of the hospital

        The provider payment shall be paid quarterly by each hospital to the department.

        Any hospital that fails to pay the provider payment pursuant to this article within the time required by this article shall pay, in addition to the outstanding provider payment, a 6 percent penalty for each month or fraction thereof that the payment is overdue.
        ———-
        That sounds like a tax to me…

        • mitchmartin says:

          I dont care if you call it a fee, tax or Fred Flintstone. I dont know why Republicans are so scared of the word tax. The state budget has been cut from 21 billion to 17 billion without raising taxes. Now, we have two choices for Medicaid — either we do this hospital tax which will draw down federal dollars (which most other states are doing, so they are using our federal “taxes” to help in those other states) and increase the reimbursement rates for hospitals, or we cut the reimbursement rate shutting down hospitals and laying off thousands of people across the state.
          Look , I am not one of these idiot Republicans that think every tax is bad. I believe there is a role for government to play in caring for those most vulnerable, and they gotta have money to do that. What is ridiculous to me is these Atlanta Dems voting against a measure that would help Grady after all the wailing and gnashing of teeth that we have heard about Grady over the years.

          • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

            The state budget has been cut from 21 billion to 17 billion without raising taxes. Now, we have two choices for Medicaid — either we do this hospital tax which will draw down federal dollars (which most other states are doing, so they are using our federal “taxes” to help in those other states) and increase the reimbursement rates for hospitals, or we cut the reimbursement rate shutting down hospitals and laying off thousands of people across the state.

            WOW!

            I don’t know where you came from, but this board needs more people like you. Of course, people like you will be labeled as a RINO. Screw those stone throwers!

            • Henry Waxman says:

              But if you impose the hospital tax and increase the Medicaid rates to compensate for it, then how in the heck does the state save any money???

              -1+1=0

              • Henry Waxman says:

                You also have to consider the possibility that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will not approve our increased Medicaid reimbursements even if we pass the hospital tax into law. In that event, hospitals (who claim to have serious financial troubles) will be stuck paying a tax and the state will still be getting the same amount of money from HHS. What problem does that solve? Does Governor Perdue have anyone on staff that understands how Medicaid actually works? I sincerely doubt it.

        • Henry Waxman says:

          It makes you wonder why the hospitals (that claim to have serious budget problems) are wanting to have their taxes increased so badly….Hmmm, could there be something else going on here? Could the hospitals have been promised something in exchange for supporting this kickback tax? Can anyone else think of another industry that is begging to have its taxes increased? I know I can’t.

      • Henry Waxman says:

        This hospital tax is a kickback scam that is illegal in any other industry. For example, if hire a contractor to remodel your kitchen and you agree to pay him $20 per hour plus 100% of the building materials. If the contractor gives you receipts for $10,000 in materials but neglects to mention the $2,000 in rebates he received from said purchases, the contractor could go to jail. A hospital tax works by the state keeping a rebate (tax) from the hospitals and then seeking reimbursement from the federal government for the full payment (not including the rebate).

        You know, it is against federal law for the state to promise the hospitals higher Medicaid reimbursements in exchange for supporting a rebate tax. I wonder if anybody has thought about doing a little open records request for the emails between the appropriate state officials and those representing the hospitals…

      • Dave Bearse says:

        No more assinie than the fact that there wouldn’t have been three Republicans vote for it if Democrats were the majority.

      • Jim Bob says:

        I agree. Dems have never met a tax they didn’t like. And, hospitals aren’t as hurting as they would have us believe.

  3. Goldwater Conservative says:

    You know what it sounds like to me?

    The first step in a long road to balancing the budget.

      • Harry says:

        It’s a direct tax on hospitalized middle class people who have played by the rules and have insurance; taken from them and used for Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals that treat indigents and illegal aliens, to protect hospital profits and the salaries of their executives.

  4. Jim Bob says:

    Henry Waxman is right. This is an Inter-Govermental Transfer meant to draw down more federal dollars. Dollars which go to “non-profit, cash-strapped” hospitals. Oh by the way, the same hospitals that pay execs $900K and continue to build on to their hospitals and build new ones in other parts of the state….

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