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September 09, 2011


Carole Carson

That’s one perspective. Are there others who would like to comment?

Bill Kimley

While some genetic anomalies may exists that incline individuals, or even ethnic groups, towards unhealthy addictions such as alcohol, nicotine, sugar and other drugs (or dangerous adrenalin sports)it is clearly evident that folks can, if they want, overcome these influences. And, it is also evident that we should not have to pay for those who don't.

Of course, the very rare "fat gene" (if it really exists) would have to be treated as a disease.

Carole Carson

Your sentiment seems to be growing as the financial implications of unhealthy lifestyles become increasingly obvious. But where do you draw the line? What are intentional medical problems and which ones are caused by genetic or environmental factors?

Bill Kimley

"Those who live unhealthily have to contribute more."

He is absolutely correct. Why should folks who work hard to take care of themselves have to pay higher insurance rates to cover intentionally sick people.

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