In the 1990’s our political leaders saw fit to make sure there was funding for anti-smoking campaigns trying to get Americans to quit smoking and save the tax dollar costs of cancer treatments and cures due to the tobacco industry’s products. These products are making adults and children sick even when they are not using the tobacco industries’ products themselves. I am of course referring to one example such as “Second Hand Smoke,” which is costing U.S. citizens billion of dollars in these preventable medical cost side effects.
But today due to the Ultra Conservative Republicans in Congress and Senate are trying to cancel this program because it is
“Anti-Business.” The U.S. health leaders are having to banded together to save the nation’s most effective youth anti-smoking effort, the American Legacy Foundation’s “truth” campaign, which faces a total loss of funding.
On the other hand we are now subsidizing the Tobacco Industries to the tune of $1,138,558,705 since 2000 during the Conservative Republican President, Senate and Congress until 2010. To put this in simpler terms, $1.1 Billion plus per year in government subsidizing. Before 2000 there was no subsidizing of the Tobacco Industry. (Where were the Teabaggers during this “Corporate Welfare” handout started in the Conservative Republican George W. Bush’s administration?)
Subsidizing tobacco helps the tobacco industry continue to create nicotine junkies out of millions of Americans, many of whom will die from lung cancer and other smoking induced illnesses not only on the users but on those around them, leaving the medical insurance and tax payers with the medical treatment bills. Meanwhile they are reaping record profits of about $500 Billion per year from not only here in the United States but in many countries around the world.
So for the more simple minded Teabaggers / Patriot claiming political spectrum, I will conclude and condense the message to this sound bite: The Tobacco Industry is recording annual profits of $500 Billion per year but is being subsided by our government since the G.W. Bush years to the $1.1 plus Billion dollars.
I would also add that this does not take into account the medical costs to the medical insurance premiums and tax cost to the American Working Class Citizens. This enormous health toll is the significant economic burden of tobacco use is more than $96 Billion per year in medical costs and when you add another $97 Billion per year from lost productivity; you have a total of $193 Billion Dollars cost to American Citizens…..and I reiterate, “Why are we subsidizing this industry with tax dollars to the tune of $1.1 Billion per year. This alone would provide medical coverage to every American Citizen.
In closing I will state, “It is not a problem of “Obama Care” but a problem of “Subsidizing Corporate Welfare” system because it is business friendly.