Thursday, April 19, 2012
Gov. Pat Quinn wants to tax cigarettes another $1 per pack - Would push the price to $10.00 a PACK! Over $7.00 of it being city/county/state taxes
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn believes that the change in financing Illinois’ health care system should include a $1-per-pack tax hike on cigarettes.
In the past, Quinn has claimed that the Medicaid program in Illinois will collapse if the state doesn’t find a way to come up with $2.7 billion.
Besides the tax on smokers, the governor wants to cut $1.35 billion by eliminating programs which include a discount prescription program for seniors and stiffening eligibility requirements for health insurance which would take thousands of persons off the current insurance in the state.
Regarding the seniors’ prescription, Quinn wants to eliminate the Illinois Cares Rx Program. This program currently allows about 180,000 senior citizens and disabled persons to receive discounted medical prescriptions.
Regarding the stricter requirements for health insurance, services such as group psychotherapy classes, chiropractic adult care, occupational therapy, physical therapy, as well as adult speech, hearing, and language therapy will be curtailed or reduced.
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