Wednesday, May 20, 2009

No we can't! No we can't!

Beer tax on tap for health care?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers in the United States may have to hand over nearly $2 more for a case of beer to help provide health insurance for all.

Details of the proposed beer tax are described in a Senate Finance Committee document that will be used to brief lawmakers Wednesday at a closed-door meeting.

Taxes on wine and hard liquor would also go up. And there might be a new tax on soda and other sugary drinks blamed for contributing to obesity. No taxes on diet drinks, however.

Beer taxes would go up by 48 cents a six-pack, wine taxes would rise by 49 cents per bottle, and the tax on hard liquor would increase by 40 cents per fifth. Proceeds from the new taxes would help cover an estimated 50 million uninsured Americans.

1 comment:

I'm Not Ned said...

Wow. They can provide medical insurance for 50 million Americans and it only costs me 50 cents a week?

I can pay $26 per year to get one sixth of our population covered?

Why has this taken so long?

Imagine the benefits we could see if they would tax marijuana...

(Time to open up a home brew shop!)