Survey: Massachusetts Residents Support Increased Sin Taxes To Help Uninsured

Friday, October 31, 2003

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 31, 2003

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Sarah Iselin - 617.246.4890

 

SURVEY: MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS SUPPORT INCREASED SIN TAXES TO HELP UNINSURED

 

Public Favors Expanding Existing State Programs to Cover Uninsured

 

Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly support an increase in taxes on alcohol and tobacco if the money were used to decrease the number of uninsured in the state, according to a new survey of the Massachusetts public released today by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. The report by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, The Uninsured in Massachusetts: An Opportunity for Leadership, finds that most people in the Commonwealth strongly believe that everyone in the state should be able to get the health care they need and support several proposals to expand health coverage.