I thought of something this afternoon –
A couple of decades ago, cigarette prices were raised dramatically in California. The explanation went that smoking resulted in increased costs to the State due to smoking-related health problems in uninsured people who would then end up having the State pay their medical bills.
IIRC, the several-dollar, all-at-once increase in price was supposed to go into a special fund to offset these costs.
Now that every person, by law, must have health insurance – where will that money go? I know damn well they are never going to roll back cigarette prices. Will the tobacco companies now get to just keep all that extra money?