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Time For A Fat Tax?

August 9, 2009

There is a growing case to be made for taxes on individuals based on cigarette smoking, alcohol use and being overweight. All three choices lead to extra health care costs and much of the cost is not borne by the individual.

Let’s talk about weight. One third of Americans are obese. They are more prone to diabetes, cancer and heart disease with annual costs about $700 more in individual annual costs, totalling $200 billion a year.

With government insurance like Medicaid and Medicare these costs are shared by taxpayers and with employer based health care all employees pay the same premium rate, fat or not.

The question is do we tax 1) fattening foods 2) sugar 3) fat people based on BMI or offer aggressive incentives for healthy lifestyles?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 9, 2009 7:59 pm

    How about the population based taxes the founding fathers intended?

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