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If the health care bill said

those who suffer from medical issues that could be avoided (overweight, smokers, heart disease, diabetes, alcholism, drug addict, etc) should pay 20% more for their coverage

and

Those who are within healthy weight guidelines, routinely pass their health physicals, and take care of themselves are given a 20% disccount.

Would you support the bill? Why should healthy people have to pay the medical bills of those who choose to make wrong choices?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:38 PM on Feb. 26, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (13)
  • I would not support this government take over because I know there are other ways to help bring costs down making it more affordable for all.The main motivation of those democrats on the hill who are for this huge ridiculous bill is CONTROL.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 1:43 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • so does that mean we can also pay less taxes if our kids are smart and parents of stupid kids get to pay more to cover the extra costs of schools with special ed. classes and the one-on-one aids and such? Why should the parents of intelligent kids pay for the ones that need extra help that costs more.

    heart disease & diabetes? you realize that is also genetic right? so people would be punished for their genetics...
    Does that mean african americans will be charged more? there are a lot more diseases that effect them more than other races...


    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:47 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • Actually, that is what the health care bill says in essence.

    You will be required, by law, to buy insurance. The insurance companies will not be able to deny you coverage, but can raise the rates on those in poor health. The government will subsidize much of the coverage, so healthy people will pay quite a bit less out of pocket than people in poor health.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:52 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • No. Where does it end? Should you be penalized because you eat fast food once a week? Or maybe you should be penalized because you feed your kids sugared cereal. Or maybe because you don't exercise "enough." Or you have too many kids. Or you are over 50, which automatically puts you at higher risk for certain illnesses and diseases.
    D.Mary

    Answer by D.Mary at 1:59 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • It would be too difficlut to judge who is living a healthy lifestyle and who isn't. There are people who eat rightand exercise and don't smoke or take drugs and yet they still have a heart attack or a stroke because of genetically inherited tendencies. In a way it would be a good thing to be rewarded for good health and have a 20% discount....but who is to judge ?
    Lindalu2

    Answer by Lindalu2 at 2:50 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • This is a BEAUTIFUL illustration of the fundamental, unavoidable wrong-ness of Socialism.

    As soon as "we" (through the laws our gov't sets up) start seizing money from people, they are being oppressed.

    And as soon as "we" start giving that money to other people, THOSE people are pressured to jump through the gov't hoops to be considered deserving of the money.

    Both these sitations engender rivalry, jealousy and indignation in the oppressed groups. Unfortunately, these emotions get directed at the groups, and NOT at the gov't oppression which is actually CAUSING the misery.

    LOOK at it! THIS is what Socialism is. This is what Socialism does. ... Just like slavery, it cannot work. It has never worked - throughout history it has always caused misery.

    Because Socialism, just like slavery, is antithetical to the human spirit and to all the most basic laws of relationships.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 3:01 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • Insurance companies already do this sort of stuff based on statistical data. Whatever, they're a business following the numbers, that doesn't bother me.

    But the government tends to follow lobyists as well as numbers, and I think a lot weird "pop-health crazes" would get in there.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:03 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • Private insurance already does stuff like this. My husband is on a different plan than the rest of us because he was overweight when we applied.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:57 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • and if insurance was opened across states 4:57 it would lead to tons more competition and tons more CHOICE


    it will not happens with a big goverment controlled take over.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 5:14 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • I agree with tnmom and waldorf.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 6:25 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

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