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  •  I support (and use) national health care (1+ / 0-)
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    the littlest gator

    I live overseas and am an enthusiastic supporter of national health care but I have a conservative side and this is one area where I would tend to agree with you.

    I would find it acceptable to, say, charge people x% over their recommended weight an additional amount of money per month to cover their nat'l health care.

    I suppose it's an area where compromise could be reached with conservatives.  How it would play out in the real world is another issue and whether or not such a system would be cost effective could also be debated, but in theory, I'm not against it.

    It might encourage people to eat healthier; maybe have a banana instead of a bag of cheetos.

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    by YoyogiBear on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 04:06:31 AM PDT

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    •  lol do we get a credit for being underweight? (1+ / 0-)
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      the littlest gator

      since I'm thin as a rail that could save me a TON of taxes each year.

      Bush - Clinton - Bush - Clinton: Out of 295,734,134 (July 2005 est.) Americans, this is the best we can do?

      by Yoshi En Son on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 04:15:16 AM PDT

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    •  what about the kids (1+ / 0-)
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      so if kids now are raised by parents buying them happy meals and frozen dinners is it fair to charge them more in the future because they grow up fat.

      there is evidence to say if you are raised obese as a kid it is quite a bit harder to shed the weight later in life.

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      by the littlest gator on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 04:15:37 AM PDT

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