View Poll Results: What do you think we should do about the Obesity Epidemic?

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  • We do nothing. People have the right to live unhealthily.

    48 66.67%
  • Use sin taxes.

    4 5.56%
  • Use regulations.

    1 1.39%
  • Combinations of methods to fight the Obesity Epidemic.

    17 23.61%
  • I don't know.

    2 2.78%
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Thread: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Are you willing to pay taxes to support this unhealthy freedom [NOT the massive deficit] that you defend? If you're willing to support people's rights to slowly kill themselves, then you should also be responsible and support paying for the costs of that unhealthy freedom, imo.
    Like I said...my short answer is No.

    I don't feel like it is my responsibility to pay for their unwise choice. With freedom comes risk and the burden of the risk shouldn't fall on another person's shoulders
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    Like I said...my short answer is No.

    I don't feel like it is my responsibility to pay for their unwise choice. With freedom comes risk and the burden of the risk shouldn't fall on another person's shoulders
    But if you support that freedom, shouldn't you take responsibility for the cost of it?

    A nation has taxpayers. If you support a person's activity to eat bad foods resulting in obesity and burgeoning medical costs, those costs will fall on the taxpayers.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I really want to know what a conservative taxpayer thinks about this:

    If you support this unhealthy freedom, are you going to support the costs of this freedom through your taxes?
    You clearly don't comprehend personal responsibility. People have a right to be fat, they are also 100% responsible for all of the costs associated with that decision.
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    We seem to be breaking down, wallowing in our debilitation and lack of willpower. There is a group of people in America that on one hand opines that we Americans should be allowed to slowly kill ourselves through unhealthy food, and on the other hand complain about increasing taxes for the costs of affording the results of said unhealthy living. You should not be able to have it both ways; either support unhealthy living and pay taxes because of it, or don't support unhealthy freedom and don't pay taxes for it.
    I don't support government regulation. I do support individuals being responsible for their own health care costs, which would incentivize them to live a healthier lifestyle.
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    People have a right to be fat, they are also 100% responsible for all of the costs associated with that decision.
    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I don't support government regulation. I do support individuals being responsible for their own health care costs, which would incentivize them to live a healthier lifestyle.
    Where do you think we should begin in cutting back costs targetting these people?

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Where do you think we should begin in cutting back costs targetting these people?
    I don't think we should specifically target anyone. They often times pay higher insurance premiums already because of their health. They suffer more heart-related diseases because of their health. They tend to die younger because of their health. They're already targetting themselves, why do any more?
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Where do you think we should begin in cutting back costs targetting these people?
    I'm not sure I understand what you are asking? If people paid for their own health care costs and insurance, we wouldn't need to cut back government costs.
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I don't support government regulation. I do support individuals being responsible for their own health care costs, which would incentivize them to live a healthier lifestyle.
    Some. Not enough to see significant difference. Just more people unable to pay for care.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Could I run ten miles a day? Absolutely. I already eat no sugar, I'm diabetic. Unfortunately, the people you work with, the people who apparently need an example, are neither ready, willing or able to do what you do. Maybe you should get them to exercise and eat no sugar. After all, with very few exceptions, it's entirely their fault that they are the way they are.
    This is what we're trying to do. Juvenile diabetis or adult onset (type 2)?

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Some. Not enough to see significant difference. Just more people unable to pay for care.
    Personal responsibility. 'nuff said.
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