About Those Fat People

On my radio show tonight, on RFC [10EST, 9 CST], I talk about exactly what Megan McCardle says here:

These aren’t just a way to save on health care; they’re a way to extend and expand the cultural hegemony of wealthy white elites. No, seriously. Living a fit, active life is correlated with being healthier. But then, as an economist recently pointed out to me, so is being religious, being married, and living in a small town; how come we don’t have any programs to promote these “healthy lifestyles”? When you listen to obesity experts, or health wonks, talk, their assertions boil down to the idea that overweight people are either too stupid to understand why they get fat, or have not yet been made sufficiently aware of society’s disgust for their condition. Yet this does not describe any of the overweight people I have ever known, including the construction workers and office clerks at Ground Zero. All were very well aware that the burgers and fries they ate made them fat, and hitting the salad bar instead would probably help them lose weight. They either didn’t care, or felt powerless to control their hunger. They were also very well aware that society thought they were disgusting, and many of them had internalized this message to the point of open despair. What does another public campaign about overeating have to offer them, other than oozing condescension?

Government-run health care is a way for the government to control every aspect of your life from cradle to grave. The control won’t be scientifically based, it will be based on whatever moral high horse whomever runs the government agencies decides to ride. There are very compelling reasons to oppose government run health care: we can’t afford it, it will stifle innovation, it discriminates against the elderly and poor, and it is a scheme (ill-advised at that) to redistribute wealth. But the biggest reason to oppose it boils down to civil liberties.

When the government controls health care, they control you.

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