Friday, March 23, 2012

Medical Costs For Smokers Less Than For The Healthy and Obese

 Alcohol, Obesity and Smoking Do Not Cost Health Care Systems Money - Forbes

The actual numbers for lifetime from 20 years old medical costs were:
The lifetime costs were in Euros:
Healthy: 281,000
Obese: 250,000
Smokers: 220,000

So just why are smokers being taxed so heavily again? Oh, and why are we charged higher premiums for health insurance? ...and why oh why, in the name of fairness and justice, don't we already have health insurance via our tax subsidies that are so often used to benefit everyone else except for the smoker?

The stigmatization of smokers has all been a big scam from day one and this article by Tim Worstall affirms what I have suspected all along. Without us, states would not be able to balance their budgets. If the government and medical establishments of the world really cared about our well being, they'd fire all of the anti-tobacco bureaucrats and put our tax dollars where they justifiably should be: state-covered (we the taxpayers have already paid for it) health insurance for smokers, research into cures for smoking-related diseases, and research for reduced risk tobacco products. Oh, but then we smokers might actually become healthier and live longer. The cynics (err, I mean the charlatans) won't allow for this type of blasphemous thinking, for who would they have left to oppress for the "common good" if we were to actually prove them wrong, thereby eliminating their rationalization for coercion and limitless taxation?

2 comments:

  1. This has been shown many times over and it has always puzzled me why American smokers health insurance costs more. Since health care in the USA is a free market, one would think that smokers would end up bearing the true cost of their health care relative to non-smokers.

    The only explanation I've come up with is that when employers pay for the health insurance, it only covers the costs until retirement, and that possibly smokers do cost more than non-smokers when they are younger. Is this the case? Do Americans have to take out their own insurance after they retire?

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  2. Jonathan-

    "Since health care in the USA is a free market, one would think that smokers would end up bearing the true cost of their health care relative to non-smokers."

    We do; however, our government takes all of our tobacco taxes and spends it on other purposes. In other words, we get ripped off.

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