You Sir, are a genius.Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits.
Smokers tend to die 10 years earlier on average, and the obese die five to 12 years prematurely.
If 1 in 5 U.S. adults smoke, and 1 in 3 are obese, why not just get off their backs and let them go on with their (probably shortened) lives?
It is a pleasure to encounter an author who actually understands the underlying and controlling facts of a conundrum.
We have a moral obligation to stop taxpayers subsidizing diabetes creating food, and to encourage healthy lifestyles, it is a huge falsehood to claim that doing so reduces health care costs.
Amazingly, it's actually cheaper in the long run to do as you say. The longer folks live, the more health care they consume, and the care they consume becomes exponentially more expensive.
By keeping the unhealthy alive longer we consume scarce resources that otherwise could be used to benefit everyone else.
An eye surgeon told me the other day that his patients' continually expanding life span,(made possible by diabetics, cancer survivors, etc. who previously would have been dead long before), have made him a fortune because they create the need for even more cataract surgeries and other procedures. He also said that his cardiac surgeon friends' incomes are exploding because their patients don't die as early as they used to, and instead continue to live and require stints, by-passes, and other very lucrative invasive procedures.
We are all going to die, and ironically, those who care for their health the most carefully, will cost us all the most.
I hope I am one of those, but gotta lay off the French Toast.