Alabama "Obesity Penalty" Stirs Debate

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Merc, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    Personally, I don't see why people are so pissed about this. They claim it's "fatism" when all it is is truth. Fatter the person, the more health problems they will most likely have. Why not make someone with higher health risks pay more? First off, it's only $25. Secondly, where are you getting "fatism" from? This is how business works. People who are health hazards have to pay more, simple as that.

    The big problem is that this is not going to motivate people to lose weight. It's only going to piss people off. Getting people to lose weight is a lot tougher.

    What do you think?
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  2. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

    Come on it's not their fault they are fat. It's McDonald's.

    I smell a lawsuit coming, right after a trip to Dunkin Donuts.

    Seriously though I agree 100% with what you said Cons. Well said.
  3. padd

    padd Registered Member

    I think Alabama just needs or wants the money . Personally where I'm from the province uses all kinds of tactics to get money and human labour. Whether it'd be police ticket quotas or encouraging immigration.

    I'm not to sure, so I'll ask; is health insurance monopolized by the government in Alabama? Because it is over here. Sureley if Alabama has alot of fat people, they are trying to pull out some extra pocket money.
  4. Hiei

    Hiei The Hierophant

    Or maybe, Padd, they just don't want to be called the fattest state in America? I agree with what they're doing. And like it's been said, the higher the health risk, the higher the insurance.
  5. Blueyes

    Blueyes Registered Member

    Why not, our insurance just imposed a "surcharge" for smokers and anybody who is on the policy with the person getting the insurance.
  6. Nightsurfer

    Nightsurfer ~Lucky 13 strikes again~

    I don't see what all the fuss is about. Sure it cost them an extra $25 but it also gives them good incentive to get on the tread mill and put down the Twinkie.

    Look another future frivolous law suit is waiting in the winds.
  7. Duke1985

    Duke1985 EatsApplePieShitsFreedom

    I don't see the fuss really myself.
    As a smoker I'd understand if I had to pay extra for insurance, I'm a health risk, thats fine.
    Same goes for obese people.

    Chances our good they're going to have to pay out on these people so they charge them, my only qualm would be insurance companies are over-paid anyway (but that applies more to car insurance) and is my opinion anyway.

    I don't know if health insurance is monopolized, but my guess would be state employees health benefits are provided by a third party company which was probably charging the state of Alabama more for its services, more than likely based on where Alabama ranks in obesity and to cut this cost to the state Alabama decided to charge their employees.

    But thats all guess work.
  8. Kazmarov

    Kazmarov For a Free Scotland

    In a detached, market view of the problem, this makes perfect sense.

    Whether there are other factors that contribute to obesity (such as the pervasive use of high fructose corn syrup in pretty much all processed foods) that don't have anything directly to do with the people in question, that's a separate issue. If America is going to reverse their issues with obesity, as Finland did thirty years ago, it's going to involve quite a lot of direct government effort.
  9. Iris

    Iris rainbow 11!

    I really don't see anything wrong with this. It could provide some motivation.
  10. EXQEX9

    EXQEX9 Yep.

    I was so confused after the first line...good thing I read the whole post.

    Yeah...fat people need to suck it up. OP said it the cost more, you pay more.

    Just like how they need to buy 2 plane tickets. If you need two seats to accommodate your ass, then your ass is going to pay for two tickets.

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