Removing one of the best incentives for good health
Thinking and responsible people wish to remain healthy for several reasons. One of the main impetuses for being healthy is the avoidance of medical costs. It is expensive to be sick or in bad health.
Fully understanding and recognizing that some illnesses are tragically unavoidable, these comments refer to those that are avoidable.
Michelle Obama has taken on the imagery of promoting good eating and health habits, yet her husband's signature legislation will reverse many of her efforts tenfold.
Obamacare promises to protect people from high medical costs. And, as mentioned, if these costs and their avoidance are a prominent reason for sustaining one's health, then those efforts will be reduced simply because the pecuniary penalties for bad health habits have been reduced.
The government protects those who cannot, or in this case will not, protect themselves from themselves.
And once again we have counterveiling efforts from those in federal power. Just as Bernanke attempts maximum employment by flooding the country with dollars as the federal government subsidizes unemployment with idle comforts, Michelle promotes responsible health habits as the federal government shelters those who have a high propensity for bad health habits from high costs, and their own stupidity.
Protecting those who fall victim to circumstances beyond their control, be it health issues or employment issues, is a noble effort. Help those who are helpless. Yet federal policies tend to throw the assistance blanket over those who wish to not take care of themselves health wise or employment wise. Obamacare will protect some, and by doing so, will also reduce a great reason to pursue good health; the expense.
Nice try Michelle.