Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'm not sure I can afford Obama

Don't get me wrong, I respect him and wish him the best. He's got a mess to clean up, and I'm sure some of the fixes are going to be painful one way or another.

But I just read an article that Obama is expected to sign a bill this afternoon that will increase the price of cigarettes by 62 center per pack to fund additional health care for children. I'm sure your first reaction is, "What's wrong with that? Kids' health is way more important than smokers' rights!"

And on the surface, I would agree with you. But I'm sensing a disconnect. Why should Americans who choose to smoke be forced to fund health care for the segment of the population that makes too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but apparently not enough to afford private insurance for their children?

Instead of placing the burden on a segment of society that is already treated like pariahs, why don't we take a look at related areas where money is pouring down the drain? How many non-U.S. citizens are receiving health care free of charge? Or - god forbid - put the responsibility back on those folks who chose to have children they can't afford.

And what comes next? Will it be 50 cents per gallon of gas to pay for unemployment benefits? Maybe a beer tax can help fund Social Security as the Baby Boomers continue to reach retirement.

Hopefully it won't happen. The good news is, I'm trying to quit smoking anyway. Obama's going to have to look someplace else for my 62 cents.


Ro said...

Stick it to the man, Floj!

Besides, your body will thank you for it :)

Sarah said...

Girl, you gotta quit smoking! You will have so much money (new tax or not) and your body will love you.