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An Obamacare Fine on Overweight Americans: Discriminatory and Ineffective
The Health Care Blog

Amid the rancorous debates over the Affordable Care Act, one provision deserves to be getting serious discussion. It’s a provision that allows employers to increase the amount that they may fine their employees for “lifestyle” conditions, such as being overweight or having high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Almost 37% of Americans are overweight or obese. The supposed goal is to use financial penalties to reduce obesity, the health costs of which exceed $200 billion per year. But this idea, while well intended, will not help Americans suffering from obesity, a medically defined disease and disability. In fact, it will likely make their situation worse.