As if Democrats need another reason to push universal health insurance, enterprising New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine found one: Tax the sick. Not as a novel incentive to stay healthy, but to help close a state budget gap.
His $47 per day hospital bed fee is only one of a bunch of new taxes he proposed to fill a $4.5 billion budget hole. He also wants to boost the sales, booze, and cigarette taxes and tax utility water. You flush, you pay.