Giffords Minute on S-CHIP Veto
Tucson, Arizona. Somehow I missed this until now. Better late than never. I've already said enough about the ridiculous veto, while I am not entirely pleased with the bill.
I would prefer the bill passed, but the selective taxation (tobacco) policy has flaws we must address. Consumption based taxation is inherently regressive and targeting specific products places burden on certain populations.
The benefits of the bill, financed more equitably, are a slam dunk. S-CHIP is a good program addressing a horrible problem. What is wrong with this country? We're the richest country in the world yet our health care system fails our own children. Every civilized country except the United States has health care for its population.
In this country, we spend $30 BILLION per year marketing prescription drugs.
Does the reader get this? What the pharmaceutical industry spends in ONE year on advertising is what the S-CHIP would cost over FIVE years. After dropping $500 B + to war profiteers, insuring kids is too expensive.