State Representative Dan Beiser (pictured) is applauding Governor Quinn for putting together a detailed plan to fix the state's Medicaid problem but says he will not support a dollar per pack tax increase on cigarettes. The Alton Democrat says he has been in talks with the Illinois Hospital Association, which has come up with some ideas that would not include a tax, but would address reforming the eligibility requirements.
But if the governor insists on a plan that includes the tax hike on cigarettes, Beiser says he will vote against it.
Beiser says there are ways to reform Medicaid to purge the rolls of those who are abusing the system. It is a stance shared by many Republicans, to which Beiser believes this is more of a north vs. south way of thinking, similar to the gun control issue.
Supporters of the tax increase say it will bring about 675-million dollars, and reduce the number of smokers in the state.