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Joe Heller

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    Just wait until the government starts determining your health insurance premium by body weight under Obamacare.

    As far as the airlines that do decide to implement this, the free market will determine things. Probably not a good PR move though.

  2. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    Douglas Adams was the first to discuss weight-based tourism.

  3. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Conserve: Why not? Private companies are already doing this to reduce premiums for themselves. (NPR story yesterday) Is there any difference if the government says "This is a way to cut healthcare costs? And most Wal-Mart employees can’t afford the Wal-Mart health care plan.

  4. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago


    The government doesn’t determine risks. Private insurance companies do. That’s the whole problem, you knucklehead. In a single-payer system, the risk would be spread to ALL payers.

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago


    Unfortunately, Chillbilly, the number of states and organizations being exempted keeps growing and the risk is being spread only to those that are left.

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago


    A pity reality doesn’t conform to his writing in ways that benefit us. Who’d need airlines if flying just required you to throw yourself at the ground and miss?

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    In the early days of commercial aviation, passengers WERE weighed before flights as weight and balance were very critical in those early aircraft. Paying “proportional” to what you cost them to operate isn’t supposed to be either “anti-capitalist”, or punitive.

    The U.S. is not only refusing the cost savings of “single payer” systems, it’s the ONLY country where the pharmaceutical industry, medical industry, and insurance industry, have “law” on their side to mandate people have to pay the HIGHEST PRICE ON CORPORATE DEMAND, not the lowest, or even reduced prices!

    The only real “failings” of the ACA, are what Republicans and corporations wrote in, which make the “affordable” part of the title a bit of a myth.

  8. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    If the private sector wants to do that, then I don’t have to buy their product. If the government is FORCING me to buy something, I have a problem.

    I have no problem with affordable HC, but as soon as the government starts paying for people’s HC with our money(subsidies) they will then become real interested in what you eat, what you do in your free time and many other personal issues.

    If you don’t see a problem with that then……..

  9. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    As a dispatcher for an air taxi I had every passenger weighed in.
    The price was still the same though, just wanted the plane to be clear full.

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    The last I heard, there were 14 states opting out or attempting to opt out through a provision of the PPACA because of state affordability. Although, it may be 13 since I think the Governor of Florida was changing his mind. The list of state opt outs is somewhere in a dot gov site I stumbled on some time ago and can’t find again so I cannot verify my post.

    I didn’t do a thorough search, but here is a list of of exempt companies and organizations as of last July.:(credibility of site is assumed since it’s only a list)

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