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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Check Your Brains At The Door

Eating is a personal choice - as is exercising or any other thing that is personal.

I am all for making health insurance premiums tied to things like height/weight and other risk factors such as smoking. People must bear the consequences for unhealthy lifestyles and the rest of us should not have to pay so much for the treatment of things they contributed to.

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  1. On the one hand, I agree - But on the other, who decides WHICH risk factors? And what would this do to those with pre-existing conditions which maybe were NOT linked to risk factors, etc.

    It's all very complicated.

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    1. Yes it is very complicated. The determinations would be made through medical records and a doctor's recommendations I would hope which opens up the possibility of fraud. There probably is no good answer for a country that has become as lax as we have regarding our health not to mention unethical. It's all very difficult and controversial but I certainly don't want the government taking it over (but wait, they already have). Take care.

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  2. Wow...who get's to decide and why? So much control to be sucked up into an endless vacuum. What starts out looking great usually will come back around biting us all in the ass. Then what?!

    Then I guess we all sit around crying into our unsweetened organic 1/4 cup legal serving oatmeal.

    Wow... the thought of everyone doing and being the same because it has been sanctioned or being punished because heaven forbid you're freaking different for whatever reason! I think at this point I would happily commit suicide if being shipped off to the moon weren't an option by then..... As I would never and have never fit the mold of what society wants or perceives I should be and life at that point would be even more miserable than would be possible to bear. At least the only thing I have to deal with now is peoples ignorance...shutters don't want to imagine this perfect world we as a people are setting out to construct. Ignorance legalized?

    hurry up spacehship....


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    1. This is a tough call and the topic is controversial but health care will be rationed eventually and medical decisions will be made based on the patient's age and ability to contribute - regardless of whether they have worked all their lives and paid taxes and contributed already during their productive years. I head a caller on a radio show who was a doctor who went to some kind of conference and they referred to patients as "units". Scary stuff.

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  3. I get a $30 a discount a month on my health insurance if I stay in the normal BMI or loose one BMI a year if I were overweight. Women who are muscular can meet the 35 inch waist ( men 40 inches) or less and get a discount. There is a waiver your doc can sign if you have a medical condition that interferes.

    You still get medical coverage, you just pay more.

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    1. I think that is the direction things are going. It does seem fair to me but I know there are other things to be considered and there will be cases where it will seem unfair to charge a person for something that is out of their control but the fact is that a lot of our health is in our control and people need to wake up to how health care will be administered down the road. Many people will respond to something that hits them in the wallet faster than anything else. Take care.

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  4. Metabolic syndrome and smoking are what my insurances bases discounts on. I agree this is a motivator and I have no problem with it. If nothing else it brings awareness to everyone wanting a better price with insurance, increases their knowledge, and may actually have an effect on their lifestyle. It doesn't single out that I'm over the ' perfect' weight for my height, but it does recognize the efforts in lifestyle I do make to maintain a healthy body.

    So as I'm not a smoker-discount.
    With metabolic syndrome- they are looking at different risk factors that increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. To get this discount you either choose to get testing at a designated site with your insurance or you are tested at your md office who provides a signed document of your stats.

    Metabolic syndrome risk factors include waist size for women over 35 inches, blood pressure, and labwork: fasting glucose, triglyceride level, and good cholesterol level. To get the discount you need 3 out of the 5.

    For me after losing over 100 lbs and maintaining it for a few years, I'm still obese and still working to lose more weight, but I'm fairly healthy by the numbers. My only fail on this test is the waist size. The only way I'd ever have a less than 35 in waist is to cut it off..That aint happening.

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    1. Thanks for the information and congratulations on your progress toward being healthy. Keep up the good work and who knows? - you may get that 35 inch waist someday! Take care.

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  5. As a non-soda drinking sarcastic guy, I ask this question to your readers: Is a 16 oz. Coke a health risk? I'm not sure because I am a moron dependent upon the government.

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    1. According to the governor of New York it is. There will be no thinking around here :-)I had a friend who put Coke in her baby's bottle - for real. Take care.

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  6. Hmmmm....not sure that about this. Have you considered that there are people out there that are skinny ("skinny fat" as they say) but have HORRIBLE health. I know personally, I am not on ANY maintenance drugs and have GREAT blood work...but friends who would be considered "normal" are on blood pressure medicine, cholesterol and lots of other things. You think just because I weigh more than I should (something I am working on),I should pay more than these unhealthy normal weight people, who are doing NOTHING to change their diet to improve their health? Sorry...can't agree with that at all.

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    1. I certainly understand that. It's true. I am saying that government run anything results in generalities and there will always be people outside the description of "normal" as they will define it. Regardless of the skinny people w/poor health being overweight is still a health issue and has been proven to contribute to many problems. BMI would not be the only thing they use I am sure to determine premiums. If these skinny people are on prescription medicine I am sure that would be a part of the evaluation. You would have no problem getting into the lower premium range because all you would have to do is lose some weight; these others would have a different situation altogether. Take care.

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