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Good Morning…

Blogging from home this morning as my wife has a date on the Radio pitching Race for the Cure. I’ll throw in the plug for her. If you register for Race before October 9th, you get all of your Race materials mailed to you. This means no packet pick-up. You can still register after the 9th but it sure would be easier if you didn’t have to go to a packet pick-up site.

Anyway, it’s me and the boys here and thankfully everyone is in a good mood.

So the Sheriff in Keokuk County is saying he thinks the County shouldn’t hire people who smoke. The Sheriff’s point is that the County taxpayer is shelling out a lot more money for that person’s health care.
One of the County Supervisors called this a slippery slope asking what’s next? Would the County ask workers to stop eating burgers or having a drink? the answer of course is…they already do. if you indulge in drinking to the point that it negatively effects your health, the County, as your employer would say something. As a Sheriff’s Deputy, if you ate three cheeseburgers a day and became so obese you couldn’t perform your duties…there would be a problem.
As the very least smokers should be asked to pay more for their health insurance.

So Rep Michelle Bachmann says the Republican party shouldn’t settle this year. I agree. Republicans should look for the candidate who brings the most voters to the polls, who represents the broadest spectrum of Republican thinking and who…can WIN.
So someone who only represents the values of Christian Conservatives might not be the best candidate. If you vote for someone only because they are a a strong business candidate or only because they are for a flat tax or only because they are pro-life…you are settling.
I’m not sure that’s the argument the Representative was making.
Up Hill Both Ways
So its International Walk to School Day. How many of you walked to school? I did. Even starting High School. I was always seemed to be just close enough to school that I wasn’t eligible to take the bus. I suppose to was good for me.
Have a Great Day!


  • Anthill_Goddess

    If smokers are asked to pay more for their health insurance, so should anyone with a BMI that puts them in a “health risk” catagory, anyone who drinks more than 3 drinks and consumes tylenol (increased chance of liver damage), anyone who doesn't wear a bike helmet, etc. etc. etc.

    You don't have to LIKE smoking, but you can't say “You smoke, so you need to pay more.” People do things that put them at a higher risk of death every single day BY CHOICE and are not “punished” by paying increased health insurance costs.

    Smokers already pay an outrageous tax on the cigarettes they purchase, supposedly to help offset “increased health care costs” of smokers. As the number of people who smoke decreases, so does the amount of taxes collected…so the smokers are taxed at an even higher rate.

    You like to golf. It's legal for you to do so. What if they decided, one day, that golfing was “bad for you”, or dangerous for other people (all those flying golf balls, ya know!) and taxed it like smokers are taxed? Do you give up something you enjoy and is legal? Or do you pay the higher tax?

  • Bethany

    Golfing is good for you. (Especially if you walk instead of using a golf cart.) Smoking is bad for you and the people around you. There's a HUGE difference! I'm not sure if you can tell police officers not to smoke, but you probably could tell them that they can't smoke on the job. (Maybe that's already a rule. I'm not sure.) I know that our health insurance was higher when my husband smoked. Once he stopped, he re-took the blood test, and we were able to pay less.

  • Kathy

    Anthill Goddess, I agree with you 100%, well said!!! If you go after the smokers, you need to look at all the over weight/obese people, people that use Tylenol, people who drink too much caffiene, etc. You don't have to like smoking, but it IS a slipperly slope that you have to recognize.

  • James

    I'm sorry, but obesity and smoking are completely different issues. Every single person who smokes chose to smoke. Unfortunately not everyone who's obese chose to be obese. To start there are a number of thyroid, hormone, and metabolism diseases that prevent individuals from maintaining a healthy weight. In addition, BMI, as a factor of measuring obesity, is a 20th century measurement that should be discarded. You can have what would appear to be healthy individual with a dangerous percentage of body fat. Obese individuals typically only affect themselves or small number of individuals around them (if you’re looking at psychological/emotional issues). Individuals who smoke can affect a large number of individuals with second hand smoke.

    Companies or governmental entities that have enacted smoking bans for their workers have typically provided cessation programs (which have shown to be reliable) to help their employees stop. In fact, until the last recession, Iowa provided every citizen a way to stop smoking for little or no money out of their own pocket. What have employers or governmental entities done to battle obesity (I should note that this is obesity that can be prevented and is not due to abnormal/genetic diseases as noted above) today? Very little, at least from my perspective.

    And regarding other unhealthy lifestyle choices, I don’t have much to add. All I can say is you can’t tackle everything at once. One step at a time.

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