Health Minister Mike de Jong’s brain puff of charging smokers more to access health care is a perfect example of the idiocy of Liberal nanny statism hidden as public policy.
“As a non-smoker, why am I paying the same health insurance premiums as someone who is engaging purposely in a behaviour that we know is going to cost more down the road?” (see here)
This ridiculous argument could be used for any other life-style choice people make. The list is endless: Coffee, pop, potato chips, candy, state-sold alcoholic beverages and while we are at it, let’s also add heroin as injectable drugs are in the news today.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the supervised injection site is a provincial health responsibility and that the Feds have to leave it alone regardless if it breaks any laws.
The BC Ministry of Health, under the direction of de Jong funds this program so I’ll assume he will be asking drug users (who aren’t paying special sin taxes like cigarette smokers are) to either cough up the extra fees or be cut off from it all together.
Meanwhile the Liberals are handing out cigarettes as bribes to the homeless in Ontario. (see here)