Coming on the heals of a very successful effort to charge higher health insurance premiums to state worker who smoke (and thus leading them to quit), the state of Alabama is taking things to the next level. It's given state workers notice that they will pay higher insurance rates if they're overweight, don't get a regular check-up and don't show progress in lowering their weight. Read the full details here.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Larry's picture
Larry says:


posted on Sat, 08/30/2008 - 12:46pm
hlr's picture
hlr says:

I think that they should be allowed to charge more, unless there is a health reson for the person's obesity.

posted on Sat, 08/30/2008 - 1:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think they should charge you more for your excessive ignorance and arrogance.
The day we allow a prejudicial and tyrannical rule like that, we have lost all our ethics and rules of justice. It is the most unethical and prejudicial rule I have ever heard. I never thought mankind would lower his self to this substandard.

posted on Sat, 09/06/2008 - 5:39pm
jimmy T's picture
jimmy T says:

I don't think a fat tax is very practical - there are several things wrong with Pigouvian taxes in general. They are hard to calculate because it is impossible to determine the exact amount of externality caused, in this case by obesity, and they affect different people in different ways!

posted on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 2:07pm
Shana's picture
Shana says:

Well I don't think they should charge women more just because they *might* get preggers. Men can't have children and they should be willing to share the cost with those of us who can because the continuation of our species depends on it--and because they help make it happen.

So to play devil's advocate, if women can be charged more because their healthcare could potentially cost more, then I guess it's only fair to charge other people with costly risks.

posted on Tue, 07/06/2010 - 9:40am

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