Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Porkers Ride for Free

Location: Alberta, Red Deer
Industry: Health

Just recently it was announced that surgeons in Alberta would get a 25% premium for operating on obese people. Where are the screams of outrage? When the smoke Nazis got after the puffers, their big complaint was the added costs to the health care system. How come there is this complete silence about the cost of Fatties to the system? At least smokers weren't an add-on cost.
And this is not meant to promote smoking. It is a dangerous and dirty habit and keeping it out of public places is a great step forward. But, isn't it a little unfair that overweight people get off Scott free. It is well documented that the surge in childhood obesity will place an horrific load on the health care system, yet everyone tippy-toes around the subject. Since the tax on tobacco products is somewhere in the 700-800% range, I feel the same should apply to all junk food. All the potato chips, Twinkies, soda pop, etc. should be subject to the same rate of taxation. C'mon folks...fair is fair. As my buddy from Quebec used to say: "What's good for the goose, is good for the other goose too.
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