Essay about Sin Taxes Affect the Cost of Health Care Prices

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“In Canada, the federal excise tax on a carton of cigarettes is $17 (about 19-20 USD), according to background material released with the study.” (Kirkley) Sharon Kirkley, a senior medical reporter for Postmedia News, has studied the cigarette and tobacco related deaths in Canada and how the “sin tax” affects the death rate. A rise in the price of “sin taxes,” taxes on alcohol and tobacco, would help the price of American health care decrease.
Even though health care prices vary in the United States of America, the prices are mainly expensive for each adult citizen and family. Alcohol and tobacco can cause serious injuries, deaths, and major life lasting health problems. Why doesn’t America fix it? There are citizens being murdered because
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If a government election was summoned on whether or not to raise the taxes on alcohol and tobacco, some senators and/or house representatives could be biased because they and their family do not have to pay for health care.
Although the total federal tax was changed from $0.39 to $1.01, a $0.62 increase per carton of cigarettes (“Federal” lung.org), this is not enough in relation to health care prices. If health care prices were to decrease there would need to be a significant increase in taxes on alcohol and tobacco. The tax would need to “equal to their cost to society in medical terms” (Millman). Health care would then be compared to the free health care in Canada. It is not necessarily free in the North. According to Canada’s national health care website, “Publicly funded health care is financed with general revenue raised through federal, provincial and territorial taxation, such as personal and corporate taxes, sales taxes, payroll levies and other revenue.” (“Health” hc-sc.gc.ca). Public taxation would benefit the country and lower medical care prices little by little but it would eventually work. Depending on how much is taxed and how the people are taxed, medical
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