Obamacare, Just Simple Fairness: Subsidizing Obesity

Written by Teri O'Brien on April 3, 2014

George Gilder said that socialism is theft by the greedy from the productive, something that Obamacare makes painfully obvious. At this point, even the dullards among us can figure out what is happening, or at least they are catching on. Obama cooked up a scheme to force people to pay for things they don’t want, and don’t need because they are paying for other people’s wants and needs. Why does a 60 year-old woman’s insurance policy have to include maternity benefits? Because she has to pay more so that another younger woman’s maternity care will be covered. It’s as if you go into a restaurant and pay for a steak and lobster dinner, the finest wine in the house, and one of those fancy flambè desserts, only to receive a bowl of watered down soup and a cup of coffee so that other people can eat.

So, Obamacare is the mother of all income redistribution schemes. Duh. I know that you know that, but speaking of eating, stop and consider that this racket doesn’t simply steal from the makers to give to the takers. It steals from the movers to the porkers. It penalizes those who work hard to avoid obesity and the many related illnesses that we keep hearing so much about. The fit are being forced to subsidize the fat.

Recently an acquaintance mentioned her problems trying to purchase health insurance on an Obamacare state exchange. She is eager to sign up because she has no employer-provided coverage. In addition, and even better, thanks to our very benevolent government, she can get her friends and neighbors to pay for most of it. The thing is, she is at least 40 pounds overweight. As a result, like millions of Americans, this woman is an adult-onset diabetes case waiting to happen. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, adult-onset diabetes costs us $174 billion in 2007, a figure that is sure to go up, especially if they are right that “[i]f current trends continue, 1 out of 3 U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.” Adult-onset diabetes is a very serious illness that can result in kidney disease, blindness and even amputation of limbs. It is also preventible in 95% of cases. How? I’ll tell you, Tubby, if you put down that bag of Doritos, get off the couch and listen up. You can avoid it by putting down the Doritos and getting off the couch. 

Amazingly, despite the zealous efforts of America’s leading, albeit self-appointed and completely uncredentialed, health, nutrition and fitness expert, Michelle Obama, millions of our fellow citizens are still overweight or obese. How can this be? I guess I can see why it’s difficult for people to get inspired to get in shape by a woman who has a keister on which you could park an aircraft carrier, so perhaps that’s the problem. 

I don’t know about you, but I find it stunning to see how many of these land Orcas we see waddling around wherever I go. And diabetes isn’t the only problem they are going to have. In addition to that and the related serious health issues, some of these people are going to have major orthopedic problems. They will need hip replacements, and back surgery for their “herniated” discs. They will require expensive surgery to fix their trick knees. The trick is that the human knee wasn’t designed to support 300 pounds. 

Of course, by mentioning Her Royal Wideness, and her huge backside, I have swerved into another inconvenient truth; specifically, the fact that according to a 2012 CDC study, “No population in the United States has a higher obesity rate than African-American  women, four out of five of whom are overweight or obese.” Not only that, but like nearly every other problem in our society, the cause is—wait for it—racism! Who knew?

The acquaintance that I mentioned is white, so obviously racism can’t be the only thing that makes a person big enough to have her own zip code, which means if you aren’t black, you’re going to have to find another reason that you need heavy equipment to zip up your jeans. Suggestion: check the fridge.

Given that America’s unredeemable racism has made black people obese, it’s the least we can do to transfer billions more dollars from productive Americans to these very deserving victims.

It’s not their fault! Stop blaming the victim and pony up for those medical bills, Bitter Clinger! Mama needs a lap band surgery!

Cue the Sir Mix-A-Lot.

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