Well, I was in the cigar shop today and someone there mentioned something about a new tobacco tax for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). I wasnt too interested about it at the time so when I got home I researched it a little bit and heres what I found out:
SCHIP provides health insurance for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet cannot afford to buy private insurance. Sounds great, right? Well, the thing is they need money and where are they going to get the money from? Yep, the answer to all questions! Tax the tobacco consumers!
Below I posted a link to the actual tax numbers but its really crazy. On top of the crazy taxes they are going to need a few million more smokers in order to get this plan to work. Anyway, heres the link:
1. I imagine that the lobbying power of the tobacco industry will stop taxation reaching that high a level.
2. Any taxation to help toward a publicly funded healthcare system is a good thing. In Britain, anyone from a business magnate to an unemployed 70 year old man with no pension to a homeless person can walk into a hospital and get treated, free of charge. I'm not saying that the NHS is perfect, far from it, but it's a step in the right direction at least.
I think this is in the wrong forum, btw. It's pretty political.