Smokers tapped to pay for new health plan

There are 477 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 29, 2007, titled Smokers tapped to pay for new health plan. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A new health insurance plan for the working poor, funded by a 44-cent increase in the cigarette tax, was approved late Sunday by the state legislature.

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Morgan

Columbus, OH

#1 Apr 30, 2007
So....the more you smoke, the more uninsured people you can help? With that logic, we ought to ENCOURAGE smoking, yes?

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#2 Apr 30, 2007
"Sen. Patricia L. Miller, R-Indianapolis, who led the fight along with Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, said no one has to pay the tax; all they have to do is quit smoking."
That is the woste statment I have ever heard. What are we 10 year olds? And I don't have to buy my smokes in Indiana. Ky, Here I come for a nice drive.

All I have to know is when this tax takes effect.
Jerry Rubin

South Vienna, OH

#3 Apr 30, 2007
I am out of state at least once a month on business. I will be sure to stock up on cigs when I am out of state. So I wont be subject to this tax and I encourage as many Hoosiers as possible to do the same. Just to make a point.

Folks really need to pay attention to what this state's lawmakers are doing. We are taxed and feed on a level that the 5 most populated states in the country are. The lawmakers here know nothing of fiscal responsibility.

After thoroughly researching the many taxes and fees from Indiana compared to many other states, I will keep roughly 10-12 percent more of my yearly income by moving to a new state. That is another 12,000 to 14,000 dollars a year in my pocket instead of in the state of Indiana's coffers.

Another 15 months to go and I will be relocating my family and my business to another state completely.

I love my fellow Hoosiers, but I refuse to live here and support this type of incompetence.
Joe Camel

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Apr 30, 2007
Id like to thank the Nanny Indiana Legislature for passing the increase in the cigarette tax.

You see its going to create a black market and people are going to take advantage of it. A new business venture. The black market in illegal low price cigarettes import and sale. To friends and co workers.

The nanny Indiana legislature are out to make Smokers a second class citizen and ban a persons right to freedom of choice. Cigarettes will soon become illegal at the rate its going thus there will be a multi million dollar market

Thank you Indiana Nanny Legislature for creating a million dollar black market!

Whats next from Morality Police Legistlature? Are to going to tax sex too after all thats a nasty dirty habit too.

When will this attack on personal liberty end?

Enough is a Enough.

Joe Camel Indiana
John

United States

#5 Apr 30, 2007
What about the health of the smokers. Also, piss on Low Bob's and their contributing to many people dying of cancer & heart disease. When my 2 pack a day wife dies I'm coming after Low Bob's and they will be out of business.
So Let Me Ask

New Lenox, IL

#6 Apr 30, 2007
Now instead of banning smokers we need to start treating them like royalty. They are paying for a healthcare plan that if we really need would be paid by all.

Now they are being productive and how can we continue to treat them badly.
Paul

Peru, IN

#7 Apr 30, 2007
I too will simply not buy cigarettes here. I travel enough...no problem. Ultimately, I'll do much more of my business and spend even more of my money outside this fast becoming socialist state. My business and the jobs it provides will ultimately be leaving as well. Thanks Mitch, Charlie, and your band of incompetents. I'll be moving.
Citizen 1

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Apr 30, 2007
This is still the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. We raise the cigarette tax to fund the health program. Citizens go to other states to buy their smokes or get them on the on the black market. Then the program is short the funds it needs to administer it and the General Assembly will have to raise property taxes or state income taxes to fund this new state medical program that was to be paid for by the cigarette tax!
tamara jenkins

United States

#9 Apr 30, 2007
it's always about the low income, what about the smoker? indiana law makers need to wake up, you wonder why so many leave our state, it's the taxes, fees and other mind boggling tricks you all throw-up....smokers should at least get their yards mowed for this.
JohnnyC

Springfield, IL

#10 Apr 30, 2007
"Working Poor" = So these people are working, but their employers take no responsibility to provide health insurance , I do! The businesses will say it costs too much but instead of looking at why medical costs are so high, just charge me! Brilliant! Almost as impressive as the property tax rebate whuch puts a bandage on the severed artery that is our broken tax system!

Since: Mar 07

Columbus-

#11 Apr 30, 2007
Feces for brains this Indiana legislature is.
imzhammer

Union, KY

#12 Apr 30, 2007
The sickening greed of the non-smokers manifests itself yet again. Just how bad is their addiction to cigarettes?

The funny thing is that they've just screwed themselves...a big, bloated, permanent government department funded by something we're trying to get rid of.

People are sure stupid.

PS. Indy Star, I've challenged you several times to support a tax on newspapers to help these poor unfortunate uninsured Hoosiers. I guess you just don't have it where it counts.
imzhammer

Union, KY

#13 Apr 30, 2007
JohnnyC wrote:
"Working Poor" = So these people are working, but their employers take no responsibility to provide health insurance , I do! The businesses will say it costs too much but instead of looking at why medical costs are so high, just charge me! Brilliant! Almost as impressive as the property tax rebate whuch puts a bandage on the severed artery that is our broken tax system!
Businesses have no responsibility to pay for your health care. Be a grown up for goodness sakes.
imzhammer

Union, KY

#14 Apr 30, 2007
DavidM wrote:
"Sen. Patricia L. Miller, R-Indianapolis, who led the fight along with Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, said no one has to pay the tax; all they have to do is quit smoking."
That is the woste statment I have ever heard. What are we 10 year olds? And I don't have to buy my smokes in Indiana. Ky, Here I come for a nice drive.
All I have to know is when this tax takes effect.
Two elected sleaze balls buying votes with somebody else's money. They apparently believe they can buy more votes than they will lose.
Puppier24

Plano, TX

#15 Apr 30, 2007
Maybe they should cut back on their wages to pay for this tax they want. I have to pay for my insurance were I work, no one pay's it for me. Company's need to up the pay rate.
trl

Decatur, IL

#16 Apr 30, 2007
wow ! i don`t smoke,but smokers have to pay for my health care ! cool, i`m going to eat my self as big as a house and let the smokers pay for my health care. thanks indiana !it does pay to live in a state with a bunch of dumb hicks.
Crooked Politician

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Apr 30, 2007
I'm tired of the government telling me what I can or can't do. Nut job Miller can kiss my butt. Now they're saying, "You don't want to pay the taxes, don't smoke." Who the hell are you to make that statement you arrogant jerk? I have a couple for you nutjob, "Balance the budget, get your paycheck." or "Tackle the real issues, get reelected." You're not going to insure poor people, you're going to vote yourself a big fat pay raise and pass pork barrel initiatives. Bunch of lying crooks.
Crooked Politician

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Apr 30, 2007
I just saw her picture. I'm guessing the cigarette tax will go for some plastic surgery.....
eric

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Apr 30, 2007
boycott cigarettes in Indiana, I am going to buy some from Tenn/AL/KY.

No new taxes.
Tom Johnson

Newberry, IN

#20 Apr 30, 2007
Here's another do-gooder phoney baloney.
That tax money will be wasted, no one will receive any medical insurance coverage. Politicians will blow it, they will argue and squabble, and if one or the other doesn't get his or her way, nothing will happen, and the money will go into the general fund and quietly dissappear.

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