Originally posted by SilentKoala
I'm of the opinion that fat people should pay higher taxes. Especially now that ObamaCare has kicked in. The reasoning is simple: they consume more
resources on average than everyone else.
What a ridiculous notion. By your failed logic, should we be charging people with large families more taxes too? Because they consume more than you or
the average joe? What about people who have health problems beyond their control? Just tax the hell out of them too, because they spend more time at
the doctor's than you do? What about old people? Same basket? Hell why stop there? Anyone over a medium size should be taxed while you get off scott
free because of your life choices? Not everyone has or can afford your lifestyle, some people survive on what they can afford, which if you've been
to the supermarket lately, a bag of chips and a coke is a hell of a lot cheaper than vegetables and water these days.
They take up more space on public transportation.
Again, ridiculous. What about people with glandular problems or even bulky and large, muscular people (many of which are extremely fit). What about
people confined to gophers or wheelchairs? Same deal.
They contribute slightly more to wear and tear on roads and public sidewalks.
I thought you may be actually serious until I saw this.
Maybe if all of the fat people of the world walked on the same patch of sidewalk for, I
dunno, maybe a thousand years, then yeah, it would be a problem....
They cause public elevators and escalators to expand more energy to move them the same distance.
Clearly you have no clue about mechanics if you think this. I suppose next you'll be saying they should be taxed for driving V8s because it's the
only thing capable of carrying their fat asses around...
Most importantly, they drive up the cost of healthcare for everyone else.
Some facts and figures here would be a good backup for your claims. I know many many people who are overweight, who get sick and go to the doctors
only when they are sick, which is rarely. They work for a living, pay their taxes and their dues towards the system. I also know elderly people,
people with disabilities and the like who are constantly at the doctors, using up the system.
In fact I think people who choose to live unhealthy lifestyles of any kind should have to pay more for public healthcare, since they are the
ones using more of those resources. I choose not to smoke, I choose to control my diet, and live a relatively healthy lifestyle. As a result I rarely
if ever need a doctor visit. Why should I pay the same in taxes for ObamaCare as people in the same tax bracket who don't make healthy lifestyle
Now there's the most sense you've actually made. People Who Choose
. In actual fact, people do pay more for insurances being a smoker,
due to their age etc. People pay their registration and vehicle costs the same, regardless of whether they are on the road constantly, or drive 5kms
to work twice a week.
Although this sounds extremely mean to say, I do hope some major sickness befalls you in the future that has nothing to do with your lifestyle
choices, so that you may see that how healthy or unhealthy you choose to live rarely has anything to do with how you fall sick and the fair treatment
you receive as a result.
If you were actually serious about this, take that government "just tax everyone" attitude you have, and use it to educate people on your healthy
living choices, or even use that supposed knowledge to start lobbying the government to help people with healthy living choices, rather than shoving a
$2 bag of Doritos down their throats.