Skip to comments.Utah offical proposes higher Medicaid co-pays for smokers-State Representative Paul Ray(R)
Posted on 02/14/2012 5:16:09 PM PST by Jean S
Lower-income smokers in Utah may soon have to pay more for a doctor's visit if they continue the unhealthy habit. That is, if a bill currently making its way through the state legislature passes.
State Representative Paul Ray, R., is the author of the proposal to charge a Medicaid recipient a higher co-pay for doctor visits if he or she smokes cigarettes.
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They’d get danged near lynched in the South for a similar proposal.
Seems fair to me. Then once the precedent is in they can charge more to all sorts of other people who engage in behaviors that run up health care costs.
Like homosexuals, crack addicts, pot smokers...you know, the Democrats’ key constituencies.
They SHOULD!! geesh, if are RICH enough to smoke a $5.00 a day pack, and STUPID enough to smoke a $5.00 a day pack or MORE, than you SHOULD pay more!!
Arent they taxed enough already?
So are these jerks going to remove the massive tax they put on cigarettes after the institute this or will that extra money go to more welfare spending.
They logical next in line are 1) the overweight and 2) those who eat unhealthy diets.
They SHOULD raise gasoline taxes!! geesh, if are RICH enough to buy $5.00 a gallon and STUPID enough to drive more than 5 miles a day or MORE, than you SHOULD pay more!!
The American hysteria over health matters is the politicians royal road to increased taxes.
I smoke, roll my own. About $1.00 a pack.
Do you eat meat or go to fast food restaurants or breath out Co2 or own a gun?
Go away. You're a statist. Go away.
It means the Feds get to inspect your medical records.
Maybe you don’t care?
If this is truly how Utah feels, why don’t they just outlaw the things? They won’t because they want the tax money. Double standards here.
“Then once the precedent is in they can charge more to all sorts of other people who engage in behaviors that run up health care costs.”
I want to see how they go after the fat people, and those with high cholesterol...
Not only do I roll my own, I grow my own. Couple this with the Feds policing school lunches, etc., we are seeing real tyranny in our face.
When is enough, going to be enough? The line in the sand seems a bit faint, eh?
“There shouldn’t be a Federal health care program at all. Ever. It’s not an enumerated power in the Constitution.”
I hereby appoint you the voice of reason.
Naw, probably be shot long before that, LOL.
But the whole issue would go away if the federal government stuck to what it was actually allowed to do.
I’m good with this.
A Turkey sandwhich
“You would regret that by midnight Friday night. ;)”
Well, that’s okay. That gives everyone three days to prepare. What are you cooking for breakfast Wednesday morning?
As Ben Franklin said: I believe in breakfast before revolution.
Utah State Representative Paul Ray added that the new Soylent Green plant was having to reject some of the current input due to past smoking behavior.
“Not everybody likes that smoke taste in their Soylent biscuits,” added the Deseret Solon.
Welcome to the Utah version of “social conservatism” where the law helps you to keep free from sinning. The predominant religion in Utah believes that smoking is a sin.
First breakfast will be coffee, biscuits and sausage gravy. Second breakfast will be coffee, fried eggs, bacon, and toast.
Just like every day except Sunday.
yeah, wasn’t that what the big tax was supposed to be for? to offset the larger health care bill for smokers?? of course they never took into account the tons of money the government is saved by smokers not living long enough to collect full social security.
“It means the Feds get to inspect your medical records.”
Electronic medical records (EMR) are already required under law and to think that the Feds wouldn’t inspect them anyway is naive.