And just one more thing and then I’ll leave everybody alone on this subject.
It’s not feasible to have a public health insurance system in a country that invented and normalized things like the fat acceptance movement. When people insist on leading aggressively and unapologetically unhealthy lifestyles, it’s unrealistic to ask those who don’t to subsidize the treatment of the consequences of these lifestyles.
Yes, the movement is small and marginal. But obesity rates aren’t. “Every industrialized country but the US”, which is a cliche that dominates these discussions, doesn’t have anything like this. I’m sure there are folks who have the godlike magnanimity to be happy to pay Scandinavian tax rates while seeing their next-door neighbor who weighs 350 lbs, smokes, and has 5 chronic health conditions by the age of 30.
Right now the grants and the publications of the FAM look funny. But they would look a lot less funny if my tax rates went up to 50% (that’s the Canadian rates. It’s worse in Sweden)