Medicaid Eligibility

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    Proposal:

    People who are eligible for Medicaid should lose their eligibility if they smoke.

    Discuss.


    (I'd prefer not to discuss whether or not Medicaid should exist, but rather if poor people, who have enough money to waste on cigarettes, should be given government funds for their healthcare.)
     
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    I agree, if you can spend $200 or more on cigarettes each month then you should be able to afford health insurance. I say the same with alcohol and lottery tickets but I don't know how it can be ascertained that you waste money on this.
     
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    Good point about the other wastes of money...along with Twinkies and McDonalds.

    But if we just stick with cigarettes, which is a very expensive habit, and a major health hazard, I think that there will be significant improvements in overall health...or there will be fewer people eligible for Medicaid and thus smoother roads and stronger bridges.
     
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    OK, just cigarettes, I don't see a problem, not only Medicaid but any other taxpayer funded program. I use to smoke up $200 a month and that was when they were $2-$3 a pack, now I see that in some States they exceed $7 a pack, a 2 packer is literally burning up over $400 a month at that price!
     
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    I had a patient yesterday who wanted to quit smoking because the tax (in Maine) was going form $3.50 per carton to $10.

    I guess that is another way of getting people to quit.
     
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    Good idea.

    Especially if they have tuberculosis.
     
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    How many have TB:eek:
     
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    LO, I guess so! I remember my Dad swearing to my Mom he's quit when they got to 50 cents a pack, my, how times have changed...or inflated.:lol:
     
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    I actually remember in Medical school a patient that kept bouncing back to the hospital for bouts of congestive heart failure because he couldn't afford his Lasix (diuretic costing approx $0.01 per pill).

    His wife was a 4 pack-per-day smoker.

    WTF!
     
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    :cuckoo:
     

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