By Christopher Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — For people who succumb to the lure of tobacco, claim they do not know how to control their waistlines, or lack the discipline needed to forestall any general health problems, fear no more.
Your government is here is motivate you — and it has more money at its disposal than any exercise guru or fitness expert could ever dream of having (all at taxpayer expense, of course).
In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, established a program known as the Prevention and Public Health Fund. According to the stipulations, each of the 50 states receives a specified amount of money to school citizens on the need for good nutrition, disease prevention, and, of course, staying away from perfectly legal substances such as tobacco.
Some states receive more than others, even though some of the least healthy states in the nation are drawing the short straws.
Since Obamacare passed in 2010, the federal Department of Health and Human Services has allocated $15.1 million to Tennessee.