German’s are fat. Well, at least fat enough for a German “fat tax” to be proposed. Marco Wanderwitz, a “conservative” MP says that it’s not fair for those who knowingly lead an unhealthy lifestyle to drive up healthcare costs for the rest of Germany’s citizens.
Germany’s health system is supported by a series of mandatory insurance funds (sounds oddly familiar) that are facing massive deficits due to over use. Obese people in Germany are now the target of overzealous lawmakers trying to figure out a way to make up the deficits.
A German newspaper reports that Germany’s obesity related illnesses cost the country $21 billion dollars a year; sounds to me like a German “fat tax” is in order. It’s estimated that about 20% of Germany’s population is overweight. But of course not all fat people are fat because they chose unhealthy lifestyles. There is a little thing called genetics that do play a part.
Another German economist proposed taking on the obesity problem the “American way” by simply taxing at a higher rate those items that the government deems unhealthy. This is where Michelle Obama comes in. You just know that the First Lady would love to see the German “fat tax” implemented.
Obama has been on an obesity kick since her husband took office and she’s ramped up the obesity rhetoric in recent weeks. She just recently kicked off a program called “Let’s Move.” As one writer here at Right Pundits pointed out, “Where are we moving too?” We’re slowly moving to a utopian world of 100% health, and no fat people.
It will certainly be interesting to see if the German “fat tax” gains momentum or collapses under the weight of discrimination. Here in the United States we’re just know getting ready to embark on the journey that countries like Germany have been on for years. For them it’s not working.