Get Ready For “Fat Laws” If We Get Universal Medicare
Supporters of a Universal Healthcare or “Medicare for All” as some like Kamala Harris wants, point to other countries to show that such a system could work here in the United States as well. There’s just problem that this thought process ignores, and that is obesity and the high rate we have here in the U.S.
According to Tina Lowe from the Washington Examiner, fat-shaming would become a normative governmental policy,
At 36.2 percent, the American obesity rate is the 12th-highest in the world and first among OECD countries. Of every European nation with universal healthcare, only the United Kingdom (27.8 percent) and Hungary (26.4 percent) come within 10 percent of the American obesity rate.
In Germany, France, Portugal, and Sweden, the national obesity rates are 22.3 percent, 21.6 percent, 20.8 percent, and 20.6 percent respectively. And in Denmark and Italy, fewer than 20 percent of people are obese.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has also compared us to South Korea and Japan, two nations where fewer than 1 in 20 are obese.
The difference, however, between a government-run healthcare system and a private system like what we currently have, is that the risk for the insurance companies is spread out over many companies, doctors, and healthcare systems.
That all changes when you implement a government-run system because this consolidates the risk into one system.
Lowe continues to explain,
It seems impossible for any real iteration of “Medicare for All” to succeed without massive amounts of regulation on lifestyle and health choices, or even effective obesity taxes. If the public owns the risk pool of “Medicare for All,” then voters will surely demand to mitigate risk as much as possible.
The country under single-payer will make former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda taxes and food-nannying look like child’s play. Everything from your sugar consumption to your alcohol would become a matter of public regulation, and the public would not only have the power but also the moral right to regulate how people live.
Of the 2.6 million deaths in the U.S. per year, 300,000 are caused by obesity. It’s one of the single greatest drivers of avoidable healthcare spending, costing the country around $200 billion annually.
So with around 35% of Americans being obese, don’t plan on getting your free medicare my friends.