Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Healthcare for All! Unless You're Fat | Patrick Basham and John Luik | Cato Institute: Commentary

Yet another brilliant commentary to come out of the CATO Institute-

Refusing medical treatment to an individual who not only requires it but who has has financially contributed more than the average to its funding, as a means of coercing him or her toward healthier behaviour, is undemocratic and borders on tyranny.


Exactly. Now how come our politicians don't see things this way here in the U.S., the U.K., and elsewhere around our shrinking globe?

Several Canadian economists had earlier calculated the benefits to non-smokers and costs to smokers. The University of Montreal's Andr√© Raynauld and Jean-Pierre Vidal estimated that in 1986 Canadian smokers paid more in tobacco taxes than they cost the country's healthcare system – that is, smokers paid a $363 (£230) subsidy to each non-smoker in the country.


Wowza! I can only imagine how many times over smokers subsidize non-smokers here in the U.S., now that we're well into the 21st century where American smokers are subjected to city, state, federal, AND the de facto taxes that are collected via the Master Settlement Agreement. Oh, how I wonder....

Remember this article the next time some pompous, know it all do-gooder tries to convince you that you are costing HIM or HER money. Remind them that you are contributing to the roads that they drive on and the parks that they have banned you from. Oh, and don't forget to tell them to do some research before they make such assumptions. That oughta shut 'em up real quick.

Healthcare for All! Unless You're Fat | Patrick Basham and John Luik | Cato Institute: Commentary

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