View Poll Results: (Fill in the blank) People should pay more for health insurance if they _________.

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  • smoke

    28 71.79%
  • are overweight

    19 48.72%
  • are underweight

    8 20.51%
  • don't exercise on a normal basis or aren't active

    10 25.64%
  • don't eat a balanced diet

    9 23.08%
  • have a previous medical condition

    12 30.77%
  • have a family history of a medical condition

    6 15.38%
  • are older

    16 41.03%
  • can afford it

    3 7.69%
  • Other (explain)

    10 25.64%
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Thread: When should health insurance cost more for someone?

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    Re: When should health insurance cost more for someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
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    Re: When should health insurance cost more for someone?

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    Re: When should health insurance cost more for someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Every time I get bored and decide to come back to this forum, one conversation with you and/or Scarecrow Akhbar is enough to remind me of why I'm growing to hate this place. I can feel my IQ dropping whenever I try to engage you in conversation.

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    Re: When should health insurance cost more for someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Yes... but the premiums are computed with thosse costs in mind, so they still make money.
    Insurance companies -rely- on the fact that people get sick; if people didn't get sick, insurance companies would have no business.

    And thus:
    Some people think it is unfair for people to make money off of other people being sick.
    I guess those people hate doctors, too?

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    Re: When should health insurance cost more for someone?

    If they indulge in risky behaviour, jack up the rates. Smoking, obesity (overweight is currently subjective, IMO, older people should not have to starve themselves to maintain the weight they had when just out of high school), drug/alcohol abuse, sky diving, bungee jumping, hanging out in bars, excessive exposure to sun, poking mean dogs with sticks, and so on....

    We shouldn't be subsidizing stupidity....
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    Re: When should health insurance cost more for someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    If they indulge in risky behaviour, jack up the rates. Smoking, obesity (overweight is currently subjective, IMO, older people should not have to starve themselves to maintain the weight they had when just out of high school), drug/alcohol abuse, sky diving, bungee jumping, hanging out in bars, excessive exposure to sun, poking mean dogs with sticks, and so on....

    We shouldn't be subsidizing stupidity....
    This is how I feel, but from my previous post I believe it is high in the sky thinking. There is no way to enforce those kinds of rules. The only way I can think of to punish people who participate in unhealthy lifestyles is through tax increases and putting that money directly toward health care. For example...

    Tobacco products... I think they're taxed enough as is, but I really think some of the tax money (if not all) should go towards health care.
    Going to the gym... getting a tax cut.
    Eating fast food (or other unhealthy products)... like tobacco products, have an "unhealthy tax".
    Buying healthy foods... getting a tax cut or maybe no taxes on the food at all (I think they already don't tax many foods? I can't remember)

    You get the point.

    Now I wouldn't necessarily advocate this type of system... I'm just saying that it would be the only true way to punish people for unhealthy choices and reward those who are less of a burden on the health care system.
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    Re: When should health insurance cost more for someone?

    And I noticed that many people said smokers should pay more for their health insurance... and I'm curious if anyone has any ideas on how to enforce that? Because like I said, people could lie to their doctors about their smoking habits. Personally I think that it's unfair to gang up solely on smokers. Being a fat ass is more disgusting and more unhealthy than smoking IMO. There are many more complications that come with being overweight. If smokers should pay more, so should fat people.
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    Re: When should health insurance cost more for someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    And I noticed that many people said smokers should pay more for their health insurance... and I'm curious if anyone has any ideas on how to enforce that? Because like I said, people could lie to their doctors about their smoking habits. Personally I think that it's unfair to gang up solely on smokers. Being a fat ass is more disgusting and more unhealthy than smoking IMO. There are many more complications that come with being overweight. If smoker should pay more, so should fat people.
    Statistically smokers don't cost anymore than nonsmokers, so they are paying more because it's unpopular.
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    Re: When should health insurance cost more for someone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    This is how I feel, but from my previous post I believe it is high in the sky thinking. There is no way to enforce those kinds of rules. The only way I can think of to punish people who participate in unhealthy lifestyles is through tax increases and putting that money directly toward health care. For example...

    Tobacco products... I think they're taxed enough as is, but I really think some of the tax money (if not all) should go towards health care.
    Going to the gym... getting a tax cut.
    Eating fast food (or other unhealthy products)... like tobacco products, have an "unhealthy tax".
    Buying healthy foods... getting a tax cut or maybe no taxes on the food at all (I think they already don't tax many foods? I can't remember)

    You get the point.

    Now I wouldn't necessarily advocate this type of system... I'm just saying that it would be the only true way to punish people for unhealthy choices and reward those who are less of a burden on the health care system.
    Running marathons? You say going to the gym... fine, but do you have to go to the gym to be fit? I am a distance runner who hates the treadmill. I prefer to get outside and run... I haven't been in a gym since I graduated from grad school.... shouldn't there be some consdieration there? This whole exercise thing would be VERY hard to fairly credit... though I like the idea...
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