So you’re heavy and I’m not

John Ridley thinks that people who are overweight should pay more in taxes.

And for those who say that taxing the fat isn’t fair, I say: how fair is it that healthy people are subsidizing the lifestyles of the fat? The CDC estimates the medical costs of obesity had risen to $147 billion per year by 2008. Writing in the New York Times, David Leonhardt breaks that down to $1,250 per American household, mostly in taxes and insurance premiums.

And that says nothing about how much more energy it costs to transport a 400 pound person up three floors in the elevator as opposed to a 150 pound person.

This won’t happen.

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