They Tax Cigarettes Don’t They?

Our current healthcare insurance is a mess. With unemployment rising, the number of people without insurance will rise to over 30% of the adult population under 65. As the population ages, and people get sick due to no preventative health care in place, more and more people will die due to lack of care.

I know people personally that do not have healthcare and need it desperately. They do not get the preventative and simple care needed to survive. 80% of the uninsured are working adults, born in the U.S. We are your uncle, aunt, mother, father and we are dying needless deaths. Even people with insurance do not have enough coverage to stay healthy.

We have to have some kind of universal health insurance. We may not be able to take the profit out of healthcare overnight, but we have to start somewhere. As a nation, we must realize that we will have to all contribute to make healthcare affordable for everyone.

We tax cigarettes to not only to discourage people from smoking, but to help pay for the people who are dying from smoking. Here is my idea. Since snack foods, sodas, and candy are a big contributor to poor nutrition and poor health, much like cigarettes, let’s impose larger tax to theses items and use funds to pay for health care system improvements. Would you pay more for candy, soda, and snacks if it meant everyone got healthcare?

Yes it is a higher tax. Yes, you may consider it socialism. But, we have had corporate welfare and socialism in this country for well over 20 years.

This is America, we can do this! Tax the snacks! Wouldn’t you pay $2.00 for a coke if it meant everyone was covered? We each pay a little to help everybody out. Isn’t this what makes our country great – we come together and find a solution to our problems.

Babs Albon lives in Johnson County, Kansas and works part-time as an Employment Specialist at TMC Behavioral Health in Kansas City, Missouri. Babs is a mental health consumer and advocate.


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