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Does Congress have the power to mandate obese people join Weight Watchers?


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#31 cptx

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:30 PM

Yes lets get the federal goverment to mandate something the the private sector could encourage by incentives. Fatty takes weight loss course/counceling, fatty gets lower deductable or other insurance benefit.

So tired of people expecting big gov to step in and dictate how a person should live.

The auto insurance analogy is actually a pretty good one. Safe driver benefits, driver education courses lower your rates.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:37 PM

On the bball courts

obese > bmi perfection


At life

bmi perfection>obese

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:52 PM

At life

bmi perfection>obese

;)


It's not really living when you lose at bball.

#34 Carolina Husker

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:53 PM

I'd like to add a salient point to this argument:

There is no way 5% of the general population are body builders.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:58 PM

I'd like to add a salient point to this argument:

There is no way 5% of the general population are body builders.


+1

#36 Carolina Husker

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 01:05 PM

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#37 Jase

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 01:09 PM

maybe you hang out with less than 5% bodybuilders...

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 01:10 PM

I'd like to add a salient point to this argument:

There is no way 5% of the general population are body builders.


If you include the fat guys at the gym who do nothing but bench press you might get there.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 03:08 PM

At this crappy job I had, they brought in some guy to be my boss who was freaking corpulent and he kept telling me he was a power lifter.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 03:08 PM

getting out of his chair was power lifting now that I think about it

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:03 PM

The problem with insurance incentives in this case is that the mandate is already the baseline that you would be charged for insurance. Or are you suggesting a SURcharge of obese people on top of the minimum mandate.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:04 PM

poo i work out every night. Start with a few 40oz curls, then work the lever on the recliner, followed by alternating high speed sprints to the fridge or bathroom. Hells yeah boyyy.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:06 PM

The problem with insurance incentives in this case is that the mandate is already the baseline that you would be charged for insurance. Or are you suggesting a SURcharge of obese people on top of the minimum mandate.


Wouldnt have a problem with a surcharge, honestly. Not one mandate by gov though

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:09 PM

Wouldnt have a problem with a surcharge, honestly. Not one mandate by gov though


right...that's the point George Will is making.

I'm all for fatties/smokes/alkys/druggies for being surcharged. But the federal government shouldn't have the authority to do this UNLESS they deem it a tax. If it's a tax...they have the authority, but then Obama would have to admit he's lied about raising taxes against all people.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 03:54 AM

If we had a public option there would be no need for a mandate...


this goddammit THIS


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