The potential tobacco tax I mentioned previously is one step closer to reality as the Senate recently passed the bill that would expand health coverage for children. It passed with such a wide margin that it’s expected a veto would do no good.
I’m all for better health care for children (and adults for that matter), but I think this bill is half baked. It’s a feel-good measure, which is probably where a lot of the support comes from. It’s little more than a Band-Aid on a larger problem; sure, it will help kids who are sick, but it does nothing to prevent them from getting sick.
It doesn’t encourage parents to get their kids outside to exercise. It doesn’t educate parents that a diet of fast food and soda pop brings on problems like bone weakness and diabetes. It doesn’t educate children to make healthy choices regarding drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. It just bails them out of all of these problems by handing them money.
But hey, that’s the Liberal Way. It doesn’t matter how much it costs or whether it’s going to work, it’s all about how it makes everybody feel. And helping kids makes everybody feel good, so that’s all that matters.