all you fat bast*rds need to leave alabama!!!

United States
September 19, 2008 1:23pm CST
Today on the morning news it was announced that the state of Alabama;the only state in the union to not acknowledge Martin Luther King day, is now also, the first state in the union to consider allowing insurance companies and employers to charge overweight individuals $25 more per month than their ideal weight co-workers. The newscaster mentioned that it is not a ploy to "penalize" overweight individuals, but to get them to make "healthy choices." What if these people, especially in today's economy,can't afford this extra money? What if everyone in their family is overweight? Will they be forced to bypass health insurance because they can't afford the extra fee? A lot of people who are overweight aren't really sure how to make healthy choices. This is especially true when, the FDA keeps it a secret about most of the genetically modified and tampered with ingredients that are in our food. High fructose corn syrup is in everything from candy to bread to cereal. Should we charge the FDA a fee for allowing big corporations to tamper with our food because it saves them huge profits and in turn causes the average American to be overweight? Over 60 percent of Americans are overweight. We can only blame the FDA. The same governing body that controls pharmaceuticals(a huge money-making industry)also controls the food we eat. Also, I wondering if this law in Alabama will contribute to eating disorders.
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@dogsnme (1238)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Yeah, I think it's all a bunch of bull! There are some people who are overweight and are just as healthy if not more so than those who are at their ideal weight. There are people who can maintain their ideal weight, eat only good, natural foods, exercise on a regular basis, and get regular physical checkups and can still die of cancer or even heart disease. There is nothing wrong with helping people make healthier life choices but they should be taught the importance of those choices not forced to make them. Policies like this are just another step toward Socialism and even Communism; more government/beaurocratic control of society, less freedom for you and me. When are people going to open their eyes, see what is really going on and realize that if enough of us stand in protest, we can force the government to eliminate many of these useless beaurocracies and give control back to the people?
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• United States
19 Sep 08
Good Point Dogsnme. It is true that people should have a choice. I just had an idea. What if people got a rebate or discount if they enroll in a class that educates them on how to live healthier? I forgot to mention that the law also takes into account people with high blood pressure. This is just so wrong on so many levels. It's downright un-American!
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@dogsnme (1238)
• United States
19 Sep 08
The healthy living class is a good idea and I believe it is already being used in some cases. It would certainly be a better way of using the taxpayer's money. And, you're right about the rest of it being un-American. That's why I said that people need to start opening their eyes to what is going on around them if they don't want to continue to lose their freedoms with every passing day. We have to take it upon ourselves to learn all we can about the current issues surrounding us.
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• United States
22 Sep 08
Educating ourselves is a necessity in this country. People forget that we are a democracy. They think that means they just vote on something and that's the end of it, but democracy involves a personal responsiblity to be informed. You can't just rely on what is spoon-fed to you on the t.v., you actually have to work. *Gasp* What a concept. The Constitution says "We the People" that means we're the ones in power. We need to deal with it responsibly. And letting our government whether at the local, state or Federal level get away with murder is no way to do that. This law is just another example of how the government really thinks we're not paying attention.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
I doubt it will contribute to eating disorders. But the law is ridiculous. The scariest words in the English Language: "We're from the government and we're here to help." Let me get this straight, you're going to charge employees for not fitting some arbitrary weight chart that may or may not be based on any realistic expectation of weight. Even though they are studies showing that weight may not be the indicator everyone claims it is. Yes, people may be overweight and still be healthier than their thin counterparts. This also ignores a major problem in our society. Unhealthy food is cheaper. Go to the grocery store, and compare prices on the "good for you" stuff and the stuff that you zap. As obesity is a bigger problem in the lower classes, this is discrimination against the poor. The least able to cope with this kind of financial burden. As for this not being a penalty, yeah right. The government has finally figured out that outlawing something doesn't work. If you want to make people do what you want tax it to the heavens. If they still persist in doing it, at least you're making a buck. It's amazing to me that they will punish the overweight but the habitual drinkers don't get the same penalty. Maybe you should have to pay more if you have a family history of disease? No, couldn't do that, that would be discrimination. And that's exactly what this fee is. Losing weight isn't easy, it can't be changed overnight, or, in a lot of cases, even in a month. We're talking about years where these people will have to fork over the dough.
• United States
19 Sep 08
Very insightful comment DoriLentrich. You added some things about poverty and the link to obesity I had left out.
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• United States
27 Sep 08
Why haven't they noticed that a lot of overweight people are poor? Why? Because they can't afford anything but fatback and grits? Spaghetti without meatballs? What are they supposed to do when you take away what little money they do have? Sure, they'll lose weight. They'll starve. Besides, the "ideal weight" the insurance companies put out is way too skinny. If I weighed what I was supposed to by their standards, I would be nothing but skin and bones.
• United States
27 Sep 08
You raise some interesting points wytetyger. Well said. I remember those college days of bean&rice and my roomates teasing me,"whats for dinner tonite?...BEANS?!!?" Yeah,spaghetti w/o meatballs. Breakfast of champions! Woohoo! Who's craving over processed carbs? Gosh Darn-it! I sure know I am! Look out America. My pants don't fit anymore, and it's all your fault!
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• United States
2 Oct 08
I'm on food stamps, so I know how hard it is to eat healthy on a very limited income. After my mortgage and meds are paid, I have nothing left over.