Podcast: Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity – SCHIP and Potential Federal Cigarette Tax Hike
January 7, 2009
As the 111th Congress starts, the Democratic majority is proposing to reauthoirze the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which might include increased funding and expanded coverage, from children in families making twice the poverty level to possibly three or four times the poverty level. All of this would be paid for by an increase in the federal cigarette tax from 39 cents for $1 per pack. Phil Kerpen, Director of Policy for Americans for Prosperity, goes through some of the details of this proposal and explains why the cigarette tax hike would disproportionally hit those at lower income levels. You can read Phil’s op-ed in the Washington Times on this subject here.
Was this page helpful to you?
The Tax Foundation works hard to provide insightful tax policy analysis. Our work depends on support from members of the public like you. Would you consider contributing to our work?Contribute to the Tax Foundation
Let us know how we can better serve you!
We work hard to make our analysis as useful as possible. Would you consider telling us more about how we can do better?Give Us Feedback