Maryland Democrat Ben Jealous’s campaign for governor was dealt a major blow yesterday after a nonpartisan analysis found that Jealous’s proposed government takeover of healthcare would cost a whopping $24 billion per year – a figure that represents more than half of Maryland’s current operating budget. Such a massive increase in government spending would force a 10 percent payroll tax on businesses, and additionally require “a $2,800 fee for every man, woman and child” in the state.
These tax hikes don’t even include the ones needed to fund Jealous’s additional big spending schemes.
It’s now become clear why Ben Jealous can’t seem to say how much his spending plans cost – he knows that the cost is so staggeringly high that voters will never accept his radical ideas if he is honest about them.
The Baltimore Sun explains, “The analysis, drafted by the state’s Department of Legislative Services and released to The Baltimore Sun, said Maryland would have to levy a 10 percent payroll tax against every business and charge a $2,800 fee for every man, woman and child to pay for a new health care system in which doctors bill the state instead of private insurance companies.”