Should we let smokers and fat people die? Twitter debate surging
According to some folks out there, smokers and fat people are either: 1) a burdensome group sinking everyone with their medical costs, or 2) a dispensable group we should all just let die early. Welcome to the health care debate that’s taken Twitter by storm. The fight over applying lifestyle penalties is raging as lawmakers hash out details of the Affordable Care Act. With those two “high-risk” groups tallying about $243 billion in annual health care costs, some argue that “willfully unhealthy” people should be left alone to die early and save the system money, rather than being taxed or penalized. Others say smoking control and anti-obesity measures have proven effective and should be continued. Can’t we all just have a smoke and a pastry and get along?
Posted on January 30, 2013, in Health and tagged Health, Health care, New York City, Obesity, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Tobacco smoking, Twitter, United States. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.