Republicans pretend to care about the poor
Part of the program will be paid for by increasing taxes on tobacco. Republican lawmakers, who are all
Republicans will argue that tobacco taxes fall hardest on theworking poor, the very people SCHIP was designed to help. About a thirdof adults who live in poverty are smokers.
"Under this scheme, the poorest Americans will be burdened with evenhigher federal taxes so that wealthier families and businesses canshift the cost of their health care coverage to the Americantaxpayers," said Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas and Nathan Deal, R-Ga, in a letter to colleagues.
The GOP, the same party that wants a national sales tax, claims to be genuinely concerned about a tobacco tax because it is regressive. Do you buy that?. Anytime Republicans talk about poverty, there is usually some other motivation.