LETTER: Hospitals sorely taxed

Recently my opponent wrote to the Sandusky Register in reply to criticism from many parties (including me) over his support for Ohio's new hospital tax. In part he said the following, "(Hospitals) have also earned our special thanks for helping to stabilize Ohio's economy and budget by shouldering an additional
Commentary
May 21, 2010

Recently my opponent wrote to the Sandusky Register in reply to criticism from many parties (including me) over his support for Ohio's new hospital tax.

In part he said the following, "(Hospitals) have also earned our special thanks for helping to stabilize Ohio's economy and budget by shouldering an additional $1.6 billion in fees over two years."

Frankly, doesn't this remind you just a bit of Dracula saying to his victims, "Thanks for the snack!"

I suppose the difference is that the money being taken involuntarily from hospitals isn't just a small snack and might well cause some hospitals to start bleeding (pun intended) red ink.

This really takes some chutzpah to suggest that this is somehow a noble act on the part of hospitals. It's an involuntary act, a confiscation of limited resources forced on non-profits struggling to provide quality care in a reimbursement environment that is shaky at best.

Call it what it is, cowardly and cruel.

Jeff Krabill

Republican candidate for Ohio House of Representatives

Sandusky