20090119

Letter to Mark Warner on SCHIP funding

Here is a copy of what I sent Senator Mark Warner on the issue of funding the proposed expansion of SCHIP (States Childrens' Health Insurance Program).
First let me offer you my congratulations at your election victory.

I wish to discuss an issue that is very dear to me. This issue is the attempt to fund the proposed increase in SCHIP benefits at the expense of our state's economy.

It has been proposed that such an expansion should only be funded through an increase in the taxes on tobacco.

A large segment of your (our) state's economy is dependent on tobacco. I do not understand why Virginia's economy is expected to shoulder such an unfair share of the burden of funding the increase.

It is my expectation that you will be willing to represent all of the citizens of your state. I believe that you possess the power to stop the increase in tobacco taxes dead in its tracks by joining in a filibuster of the legislation until the increased tobacco taxes are removed.

While I am not a one issue voter, this issue is extremely important to me. I consider your actions on this issue to be a litmus test as to whether you are suitable to represent Virginia in the Senate.

3 Comments:

Blogger Ketchup said...

Yeah, I don't think he'll take your advice. Tobacco is a horrible drug, and ruins people's lives. It shouldn't be produced at all - it's much worse than marijuana, and causes lung cancer, emphysema, etc. I say tax it until nobody can afford to make it, not to mention buy it.
How dare you try to take away a child's only chance at health insurance. I'm surprised that a father of 3 would have so little concern for children. These kids don't have opportunities that your kids have - have a bit of sympathy.
I'm not affected at all by this - I'm 19 so I obviously don't have kids, and I don't smoke. I don't have any reason to support or oppose this program, but I support it because ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

2/16/2009 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger Little David said...

I am in favor of increased SCHIP benefits and I am willing to pay my fair share of tax increases to fund it. I am not in favor of the majority increasing taxes on the minority to fund what they want.

Are you in favor of the increased benefits only so long as your taxes do not go up?

Just wondering.

2/19/2009 04:42:00 PM  
Blogger Grozet said...

why do you support expanding bureaucratically controlled health care?

Bureaucrats do not have an adequate feedback loop, have no incentive towards solving problems.

Bureaucrats only interest is increasing their job security and getting more money for them and their government industry.

Wise up and learn that we cannot just spend more money to fix a problem, especially using bureaucrats.

4/19/2009 04:21:00 PM  

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