Skip to comments.Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?
Posted on 01/26/2013 12:59:43 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die?
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It does make sense ... but only if it also makes sense to penalize:
People who engage in risky sex practices
Thrillseekers and extreme sports enthusiasts
People who travel to foreign countries rife with diseases eradicated in the West
Motorcycle drivers and cyclists who don’t wear helmets
But you know it will only be smokers and overweigh people.
Let me qualify “any fruit” to mean fresh or cooked, and if canned then in juice or water with any juice excluded (it can be made part of the miscellaneous allowance)... but the dried stuff is too concentrated to work. The water content of the fruit matters greatly in the fruit equation.
The nannies will probably look for more. Their hunger for power never gets sated.
Taking care of them shouldn’t be forced on me.
Likewise, I should not force healthier living on them.
If only we had a free country, this would be a non-issue.
Government needs to treat people the same. Insurance companies and employers don’t have to, because it affects them. I think leftists and illegals and such should be penalized too, they really hurt this country. :p
Or, would Michael Moore willingly pay a fat-tax? I don’t care if he is a zillionaire who can purchase all the concierge care he likes and probably will, he’s now a burden on Obamacare!!
Indeed... it used to be some commonly agreed idea of what God wanted was enough to keep low level misbehavior in check. For example, if you got extraordinarily too fat you’d likely be looked at as a glutton, even though there was not a single law banning gluttony.
What about active Homosexuals. They are by far the most susceptible to several types of expensive diseases, not to mention massive psychological problems.
Shouldn’t we just allow the unhealthy sodomites die?
If homos can be audacious why can’t fatties be audacious too? Pro-choice in corpulence! It’s the only way to go!
The obese may be among the few survivors of the coming progressive famines.
This was predicted in the sixties before medicare was passed. The’ll use this to bully people and deny them healthcare but all the while they will still be denying healthcare to some because they are older and the real reason is that controlling all healthcare they can get to work on their social security problem. With all the advancements made in healthcare we are now about to see a decrease in our lifespan.
If it’s a sum of money mandated by government...Federal,state of local,,,it’s a *tax*,damn it!
Of course not, that would not only be discrimination but would cause hurt feelings.
Given the fact that alcoholics and meth addicts are coddled as having a disability, punishing the obese and nicotine addicts makes absolutely no sense at all. The liberal mind is really capable of embracing diametrically opposed and mutually exclusive notions at the same time. People are either accountable for a weakness in their character or they’re not. Picking and choosing isn’t fair.
Susan B. Anthony’s father was in the insurance racket.
But that is the premise of socialism.....favoring party members in good standing while punishing those who are not in good standing.
All these decisions about winners and losers comes down to who will provide a base of power for the elite. If it seems unfair, you can do nothing about it because you have no power.
Do penalties for smokers and the obese make cents?
People better watch out about which groups they impose penatlies and taxes on or they might find themselves in the next such group.
Like Randy Newmann said,
Fat people got no reason to live
“These private insurance companies have the data to back up their position that smokers carry a higher health risk which costs more.”
Let’s include data that shows that leftists are also a health risk to people. Leftists inflicted democide on the world in the 20th century that murdered 100 million people. Those same leftists have murdered 50 million babies in the US. Let’s start a leftist control program that eliminates the democrat party.