Okay, so some state sponsored health plans “close” when the state can’t take on the burden of any more people financially. The Oregon Health Plan, a state-funded expansion of the Medicaid program (I think I have that right) has enough projected revenue to accept up to 13,000 new members. However, when nearly 100,000 Oregonians qualify for the plan, what do you do?
And that, my friends, is what’s wrong with health care in America. We know we have issues of covering everyone, but when the “fairest” way to expand coverage is through absolute random chance?
(this may potentially be the worst researched post ever, total effort was about 3 minutes, but since I’m on the internet I can post whatever misinformation I want!)
Instead of using the money from the cigarette tax to have smoker’s pay for their own health care costs,
We like to:
- use it to pay for the Children’s Health Insurance Plan, a federally funded program to provide coverage for uninsured children. (and since the poor are more likely to be smokers than not, it makes even more sense!) Article
- use it to pay for stadiums Article
- use it to pay for the arts! woot!
And since I’m rambling, the Stadia driven tax has seen revenue fall from 6.6 Million in 1992 to 3.7 Million in 2006.
One can only hope our politicians become a bit more creative or logical when it comes to financing social programs.