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The "Fat Tax" has arrived for North Carolina state workers in the guise of paying heavier premiums for the states insurance plan. Smokers will face the same penalties.
Yes, there are good arguments to both sides, but lets include state workers who live risky by driving motorcycles,consuming alcohol,and those who refuse to buy organic food products. Couldn't we go on and on? What about the state worker who "works out" and has an increased BMI? How discouraging.
Why not use health incentives for state workers? Let's consider using the same argument we have heard for the Stimulus Bill. If N.C. gave state employees a health club membership, the state would save money in the long run with these workers losing weight. We could also consider sending addicted nicotine addicts to "smoking clinics". Great things could be done for their lifestyles, and money saved...in the long run..of course.
Yet, on the other hand, nothing could bring in more money to the government than to tax bad habits. If we think about it long enough...most anything good or fun is bad for you. There's a lot of money to be made off of the state worker and the rest of us.
Wouldn't it be great if we could penalize our congressional reps for their idiotic thinking and over-spending? Congress should be super-penalized for being unhealthy Ding Dongs.