You've got pretty good health insurance through your employer and you're not a cigarette smoker. So is there really any reason to care about the Maryland General Assembly's plan to cover more of the uninsured?
Absolutely. The proposal now being pushed in the legislature would be funded by a $1-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax.
For some smokers, this will be the final straw and they will quit, reducing the revenue stream. Still others - young people, we hope - will never start, further shrinking the amount of revenue available.
But that drop in revenue won't happen immediately. In the meantime, an expansion of Maryland's Medicaid program will be under way.
Once begun, it will be darned difficult to trim back. At some point, the lawmakers will have to seek other sources of cash.