If Congress Can Require You to Buy Health Insurance... It Can Require You To Do Anything
"If Congress can require you to buy health insurance because of the ways in which your uncovered existence (affects) interstate commerce or because it can tax you in an effort to force you to do (any) old thing it wants you to, it is hard to see what -- save some other constitutional restriction -- it cannot require you to do -- or prohibit you from doing."Sounds about right.
So because we're all in this together, responsible for one another, how about this:
We know obesity is a big health problem in this country. (The First Lady has made it her First Cause.) People who are morbidly overweight add billions to our health care costs every year with their various ailments, diseases and medical conditions. Shouldn't they be required to lose weight by law? Or pay a fine if they don't? Maybe a dollar a pound, per month? That sounds fair doesn't it.
Let's go to the Body Mass Index or BMI calculator (you can find one here
Let's see I am 6'0" and weigh about 215 pounds. According to my BMI, I am just .8 percent short of being officially "obese." I am definitely way overweight and therefore I am substantially increasing my risk of being a burden on our national healthcare system. But if I drop exactly 32 lbs. I just make it into the "normal" range.
And so I should either lose the weight or pay a fine to the government of $32 a month or another $384 a year for my government health insurance.
Figure out how overweight you are? And then calculate what you should be paying our government for your irresponsible behavior and unattractiveness.