Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Should Fat People Be Taxed?: One Way to Cut Our Healthcare Costs
I wrote a blog in the summer of 2009, when the Healthcare Reform debate was heating up, ha ha get it! It was my own Healthcare Reform plan and laid out exactly what I would do if I was King of the Mountain and could write into law any Healthcare Reform plan that I wanted. Its still on this blog in the well, if you said Healthcare Reform section, would would be correct and I suggest you check it out, if you are interested in that sorta thing. And if you are not, check it out anyway, you might learn something, who knows and one of the sections of my plan, had to do with obesity and what's called Preventive Healthcare. Something Senator Tom Harkin Chairman of the Health Committee , is always talking about and he's right about this point, America doesn't have a Healthcare System but we have a "Sickcare System", which is different. We don't do a very good as a country taking care of ourselves and then those who don't take care of themselves, get bailed out and past those costs on to people who do. I wrote my own plan because I had a pretty good idea of what was coming down the pike, as far as what President Obama and the Democratic Congress was going to push and that there wasn't going to be much if anything related to Preventive Care in the final legislation.
As a Liberal I believe in Individual Freedom and Responsibility, that people should be free to live their own lives, as long as they are not hurting anyone else with what they are doing. But then are responsible for the decisions that they make with their Freedom but the problem is, that it goes against a Healthcare System that essentially says. If you need Emergency Care, even if the diseases or conditions you have are preventive, meaning you didn't have to get sick. In a way you chose not to take care of yourself and now are feeling the consequences of those decisions but if you don't have the resources to pay for the cleanup of the mess you caused. People who have took care of themselves are going to do that for you, which is totally against Personally Responsibility, people who take care of themselves, sure are rewarded for getting to live better. But also have to pay for people who don't.
As a Liberal I don't want to control how people live their own lives, again as long as they are not hurting others with what they are doing. If Joe and Jane Piggy want to wake up with a box of doughnuts and a two liter of soda, eat fast food for lunch and perhaps dinner as well, maybe even have that food delivered to them. Because they can't get out of their homes and then go to bed to a jug of ice cream, who am I to say they can't do those things and better yet who's government to get on them about it either. Now if I'm friends with these people or know them in some way and care about them, then yes I would step up and ask what are they doing to themselves, they are killing themselves with their bad behavior. And passing those costs on to people who do take care of themselves, why should we people who take care of ourselves be forced to subsidize the bad behavior of people who don't.
Again Individual Freedom combine with Personal Responsibility, which is how I feel about junk food and drink, alcohol and tobacco, as well as marijuana. You make the decision to use any of these products, especially abuse them and combine that with not exercising, you are going to bring a lot of Healthcare Costs on to yourself and if you don't have the money to pay for those Healthcare Costs, other people are going to get stuck the the bills you ran up on yourself. So instead of prohibition of any of these products, what we need is Personal Responsibility, these products aren't produced, if there isn't a market for them. So for people who decide to use these products and not exercise properly or at all, then they should be forced to pay for that up front through Sales Taxes and higher premiums in their Health Insurance.