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Bloomberg Flawed Vision of a Healthy America

rimfrel Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 10:45 AM
The government may have an "interest" in facilitating the health of its citizens, but not in "making sure" its citizens are fit. In the USA, we are not required to be productive workers, able soldiers, capable of producing new citizen units for the support of the government through greater tax revenue, etc. A government that claims a RIGHT to "make sure" its citizens are fit can excuse any and all intrusions on the life choices of its people. As far as medical bills, repeal ERISA so hospitals have the option of turning away those who cannot pay, and people may begin to appreciate the benefits of health. Don't look for ways for the government to "help" on the basis of "making sure" of anything that stems from personal choice.

Obesity and unhealthy living are as much a problem in this country as government over-regulation. Lately, we’ve seen several prominent politicians weigh in (no pun intended) on this topic.

It is typical of politicians to enter in to a policy with the best intentions, even if those intentions are at odds with higher ideals. In the case of political figures tackling obesity, what can start out as an effort to give consumers better information and choices, turns into making the choices for you.

Mayor Bloomberg has been the poster child for this behavior. Bloomberg, the anti-fat crusader, was at his best...