Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Coming to a health care system near you

TOC noted this on Sunday:
Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Electronic Health Records, Says HHS

Then this popped up:
Germany Weighs Tax on the Obese

Marco Wanderwitz, a conservative member of parliament for the German state of Saxony, said it is unfair and unsustainable for the taxpayer to carry the entire cost of treating obesity-related illnesses in the public health system.
Right. Force the taxpayers to fund health care, giving government a financial interest which is parlayed into reasons government has to protect the taxpayers from the costs: "Since we can't afford this entitlement we passed, and we're not going to repeal it, we have to raise taxes on those with the wrong obesity profile.  It's not rationing, though."

In Germany, teachers have a suggested plan to satisfy the government's need to know your weight.

The German teachers association recently called for school kids to be weighed each day, The Daily Telegraph said.

The fat kids could then be reported to social services, who could send them to health clinics.
And put the parents on a list. And issue badges.

Do you consider it possible that this scenario will be applied here once all Americans' BMI is recorded and government costs for health care become even more unsustainable?

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