Shapley... I think you'll see we agree on this one. (I'm starting to sound like a Republican on this topic.)
I don't think the government should be telling people what to do. If people want to ride a motorcycle without a helmet feel free but there are consequences. If people want to eat fast food... feel free but they are going to face consequences. when it comes to personal choice - I'm all about it.
The problem is the system is set up where hospitals are getting paid from tax dollars to pay for these health problems. It is the system we have and I don't think it's going to change anytime soon. American's have to take responsibility and loose weight.
I would prefer there to be taxes on crappy food to pay for health care for the obese. We tax smokers... so let's tax fast food chains. Many states do tourist taxes to help fund tourism industries. Let's do the same for the overweight. If people want to eat bad... fine but there are consequences and they will have to pay a tax to cover the hospital bill when they have their 3rd heart attack because I'm tired of paying for it. Tax junk food, candy, soda etc. If people don't want to pay the tax then eat something good. That is what I would love to see happen to bring down cost.
I do think we need some type of insurance coverage for America because when the uninsured go to the hospital, tax payers pay for it anyway. So let's structure it so it's not over the top. But that means we have to have an attitude adjustment in this country and people have to start taking personal responsibility. Don't eat fast food everyday because you will end up in the hospital - if you want to eat fast food everyday then I should not have to pay for it.
I would prefer that unhealthy people have to pay extra into an insurance system. Discrimination? Sure but I'm being discriminated against when I have to pay more to cover someone's crappy life style. If people want to smoke go ahead... but then they should have to pay extra so I don't get nailed when they need an oxygen tank.
H.R.H. Nicole Marie
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