Skip to comments.Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says
Posted on 07/22/2010 11:15:40 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
Germany's health system is funded by a series of mandatory health insurance funds, all of which are reporting serious deficits as the system is overused.
Recently the German Teachers' Association recommended weighing children in class each day and reporting the seriously overweight to social services, who would have the power to remove them to clinics.
"The question must be admitted whether the immense costs that, for example, arise from excessive consumption of food, can be permanently paid out of the consolidated health system," said Marco Wanderwitz, the conservative MP for the state of Saxony.
"I think it's sensible that people who knowingly live unhealthily carry a responsibility for it in a financial respect," said Mr Wanderwitz, who is also head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats's group of young parliamentarians . . .
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Interesting. I would say no way but I can’t get past that picture. Perhaps the threat of a tax would cause this chick to get some of those pounds off of her. That is pretty sick.
I think german MPs should pay a special tax for being german MPs.
Next up, stupid people will have to pay a stupidity tax for all the dumb choices they make that affect society negatively.
Libs, get ready to shell out some Obamacash.
That woman appears to have two pairs of hips.
I still wouldn’t make her pay a fat tax though.
She should have a special tax for failure to wear appropriately sized clothing. ...or someone should buy her a full-length mirror.
I think that Obama is headed that direction with US healthcare using the fradulent BMI as the metric.
How about a moo moo for the moo???
Upinzy yours Fritz.
Coming soon to the U.S. With this new finacial regulation just passed the government can now track every purchase you make. I guess if you make more than visit a week to Mcdonalds we will get hit with this fat tax. The government will say we can tell you what to eat because we provide your healthcare to. We are so screwed.
If you require 3x as much medical care because you chose to shove brownies and cakes down your throat, you should have to pay 3x as much. It is only fair. Forcing others who have made better choices to subsidize your medical care is socialism in the purest sense of the word.
To argue otherwise is to say that people should be able to do whatever the hell they want and then get their neighbors, friends, and family to pay for it. That is theft by way of taxation.
Nanny state ‘conservative’, rather like Hucklebee, except on this issue, naturally.
Bone mass increases, muscle to fat ratio conforms to work.
One more reason to repeal Obamacare.
I KNEW IT! 5 years ago, we make fun of the fat tax, now it becomes reality
Yawohl, Mien Fuhrer!
Undt while you are at, you should also serve three meals per day in der community kitchens, undt outlaw the sale, possession, growing, cooking, or production of food udder than in or for der community kitchens undt hopitals.
Special rehabilitation work camps could be built to sweat the excess avoirdupois off of offenders, while obtaining useful labor from them.
Remember: "Work sets you free!"
The citizenry DID carry a financial responsibility for unhealthy behavior, BEFORE you "gave" them socialized medicine.
Now, rather than an incentive to live healthfully, they have an incentive to USE the system, "in order to get their money's worth" out of it.
The more you tax them for health care, the more they will (ab)use the health care system for every ache, pain, and sideways fart.
we laugh at this now, but it becomes a reality in the future. The fat tax used to be a satire, now its reality
Yep. Hard work in my youth has served me well later--I have only broken a couple of fingers, despite some pretty harrowing experiences, and I'm a great-grandpa now.
The problem with the BMI calcualtion is that it is based on height and little else. If body fat was the metric, the measure would be more fair. Either way, I do not think physical characteristics should be taxed--the State does not own me, at least in theory, the Government works for me, at my consent (which is diminishing rapidly).
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