On October 3, 2007, President Bush vetoed H.R. 976, a bill passed by Congress that would have expanded the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) program by $35 billion because he believed the bill would “federalize health care”, expanding the scope of SCHIP much farther than its original intent.
SCHIP was founded by Senator Ted Kennedy and First Lady (now a senator from New York) Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1997 in their incremental attempt to federalize health care in the United States and further solidify the influence of the New World Order over it’s citizens.
The expansion of the SCHIP program was to have been funded by an over one hundred percent increase in cigarette and cigar taxes, coming to an increase of 61 cents per pack of cigarettes nationwide. A Cato Institute briefing paper argues that the cigarette excise is a regressive tax for which people making under $10,000 per year pay twice as much as those making $50,000 per year.
This latest proposal would have increased coverage to over 4 million more participants by 2012, and also would have phased out most state expansions in the program that include any adults other than pregnant women. It also would have increased the eligibility from couples earning up to 200% of the federal poverty level to couples earning 300% of the federal poverty level, approximately $62,000 for a family of four.
As I’ve stated elsewhere, “the ongoing anti-smoking campaign is not about public health. What it is all about is money, control, and jurisdiction.” The current public health propaganda campaign being waged against the tobacco industry and smokers amounts to extortion by the U.S. government at both the federal and state levels, trial lawyers, insurance companies, and many others in the health related professions. They are simply coercing your money from you through the spreading of fear and in many cases outright lies in exchange for higher taxes, huge legal fees, higher insurance premiums, and higher medical fees.