Fresh from his victory over national health care, Obama and his fellow statists have now turned their attention to those whose own stupid behavior caused their illness. “Now that society’s paying for people’s care, society has the right to decide who deserves the people’s money”, Obama apologist Michael Bloomberg asserted at a news conference yesterday. Speaking from Bermuda and flanked by a phalanx of armed, personal security guards, Bloomberg elaborated: “What is unprotected sex except an invitation to get cooties? We’re supposed to pay for the sins of the faggots? I don’t think so, thank you very much, and my pal Barry doesn’t either. We pay the piper, we call the tune. Drive without a seatbelt? Bam! No soup for you! You wanna slurp your 32-oz friggin’ sugar water tub, you fat slob? Go ahead, but don’t expect Nanny Bloomberg to pay for your new kidney – I warned you!”
White House spokesman Jay Carney denied that the president’s decision to double the cost of health insurance for smokers, fat people and all who engage in bad behavior was an attempt to set ObamKare premiums based on risk. “That’s what the evil insurance companies tried to do for years”, he explained. “ObamKare has eliminated that, so it is therefore impossible that we’re doing it too. We prefer to call it “behavior modification for the greater good of society”, and we’d appreciate you media types getting with it here.”
If 1 in 5 U.S. adults smoke, and 1 in 3 are obese, why not just get off their backs and let them go on with their (probably shortened) lives?
Because it’s not just about them, say some health economists, bioethicists and public health researchers.
“Your freedom is likely to be someone else’s harm,” said Daniel Callahan, senior research scholar at a bioethics think-tank, the Hastings Center.
Smoking has the most obvious impact. Studies have increasingly shown harm to nonsmokers who are unlucky enough to work or live around heavy smokers. And several studies have shown heart attacks and asthma attack rates fell in counties or cities that adopted big smoking bans.
“When you ban smoking in public places, you’re protecting everyone’s health, including and especially the nonsmoker,” said S. Jay Olshansky, a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s School of Public Health.
[There is ] the burden to everyone else of paying for the diabetes care, heart surgeries and other medical expenses incurred by obese people, noted John Cawley, a health economist at Cornell University.
“If I’m obese, the health care costs are not totally borne by me. They’re borne by other people in my health insurance plan and – when I’m older – by Medicare,” Cawley said.