Monday, April 9, 2012

Make them buy cigarettes!

I know this will come as no surprise to anyone, but children's health care is being funded by smokers.

"The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was created in 1997 to provide affordable health coverage to low-income children in working families who make too much money to be eligible for Medicaid but not enough to afford private coverage. The program currently covers more than 7 million children. In February 2009, after a protracted political fight, Congress enacted, and President Obama signed, legislation that renewed CHIP through the end of 2013 and expanded its scope."

This legislation was originally a product of the Clinton administration. "At its creation in 1997, SCHIP was the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded health insurance coverage for children in the U.S. since Medicaid began in the 1960s. The statutory authority for SCHIP is under title XXI of the Social Security Act. It was sponsored by Senator Edward Kennedy in a partnership with Senator Orrin Hatch[3] with support coming from First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Clinton administration.[4][5][6]"

The main point is........this is a Democrat product, it was written, sponsored, passed and signed into law by Democrats. Democrats love this program, they take great pride in this program, they have patted themselves on the back for this program. They would also love to expand this program, Hillary envisioned up to 25 million children being served by this program.

"Tragically, in my state (Texas) -- not something I'm proud of -- 850,000 children are eligible for Medicaid and
SCHIP, but they are not enrolled,'(U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas) said Wednesday. 'I think it's important we focus our efforts on getting these children covered. And that's why Kids First provides $400 million for five years for outreach and enrollment."

Sounds great, but there is a gremlin in the works. Like all great programs that the government undertakes it must find funding. "The expansion, which would be funded by a tobacco tax increase, affects almost 500,000 Texan children, including 2,254 children in Jones and Taylor counties."

Now we all know how Democrats feel about smoking. Smokers are the worst of the worst, they are a menace to society; their smelly habit affects the health of everyone surrounding them, they are polluters, and are ignorant to their negative affects on the environment. So smokers need to be punished for their lack of respect for the environment around them, by taxing them.

"Not only are the payers of cigarette taxes poorer as a group than the payers of these other taxes, but there are fewer of them. The burden on the lowest-earning 20 percent of households from a cigarette tax is 37 times heavier than if the government raised the money with the federal income tax."

So.... health care for poor children is being funded by smokers, who tend to be the poor. Sounds like a remedy for disaster, the smokers fund children's health care, but liberals hate smokers and demand they quit smoking, which would of course lower the amount of revenues to be used for ... children's health care. Quite a pickle they have gotten themselves into. So how do we solve this?

That is the easy part, since health care is a right (I am speaking like a liberal, I personally don't believe it is a right), then children's health care must be funded by the government. And since the government has linked the funding to cigarette taxes....the only solution is to mandate that the public buy cigarettes.

Before you jump down my throat, think about how the Affordable Health care Act will be funded. The individual mandate demands that every citizen buy health insurance or pay a fine. So if the public can be mandated to buy health insurance, then they can be mandated to buy any other product as long as the goal is health care, right? So taking the cue from Obamacare and the individual mandate, the only way to fund children's health care is to mandate that every citizen buy cigarettes.

Only by being forced to purchase cigarettes can our poor kids have the kind of health care they have a right to. This is your government in action. This would of course mean that not only would the poor be paying for children's health care, but if everyone were mandated to buy cigarettes, the rich would also be forced (probably kicking and screaming) to pay for it as well. Something they are loathe to do, I am sure.

So in conclusion, if Obama thinks that mandating the purchase of insurance to cover his health care plan is constitutional, he could just as easily mandate that we all buy cigarettes to cover health care for children. It is the same reasoning, just a different product.
So smokers, light up, enjoy your nicotine, you are doing it for the children, you are the real caring citizens.


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