Gruber: “Ultimately, what may be needed to address the obesity problem are direct taxes on body weight. “

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The above quote comes from a 2010 article written by Johnathan Gruber the “architect” of Obamacare.

Social engineers like Mr. Gruber are dangerous. They believe that it is the role of the government to regulate every tiny area of human action. That wise (Ha!) bureaucrats can better determine the direction of society than the stupid uneducated hicks (sic) which populate the hinterlands.

They are totalitarians and every effort should be made to keep power from such people. Because if you think they’ll stop at doughnuts you are horribly wrong. They will infect every nook and cranny of life if given the chance.

(From NIHCM.org)

Ultimately, what may be needed to address the obesity problem are direct taxes on body weight. While it is hard to conceive of this approach being a common public policy tool in the near term, such taxation may be happening indirectly through health insurance surcharges.

Click here for the paper.

Special hat tip to Punk Rock Libertarians for pointing this out.