Treating lung cancer is outrageously expensive (have you seen “Breaking Bad“?). What if I suggested that we should grow more tobacco, and get more people to smoke cigarettes, so the increased revenue can help pay for treatment costs?
Or how about this: let’s produce more tobacco and create some brilliant marketing campaigns to get more people to smoke, but only do that in third-world countries so it’s somebody else’s problem, not ours. That way, we won’t have more lung cancer and emphysema and bronchitis here in the good old U.S.A., and we can use some of the revenue to help pay for treatment here in the good old U.S.A. — where we’re so good.
Wait a minute … did I say grow more tobacco to pay for lung cancer? I meant drill for more oil to pay for climate change.