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One of the goals of our nation, its people and its government should be health. And yet we see each day on the news, and as we interact with our friends and coworkers, as we walk down through the grocery store, or through the mall, that health and wellness truly are not the goal of many individuals, and we are all paying for those individuals in terms of higher health insurance premiums on ourselves, and in taxes for the uninsured. Should healthy people be rewarded? YES, and those rewards would be extended to those who acheive wellness through lifestyle change and medication. A person who reduces their weight, and stops smoking, but still experiences high blood pressure or diabetes, or high cholesterol, or all three, should be rewarded for treating these conditions responsibly with medication. As long as the conditions are controlled through lifestyle and medication, their chance of experiences heart attack, stroke, and cancer is greatly diminished. These are seriously expensive illnesses, it is the responsibilty of individuals to treat themselves appropriately to avoid these illness, and the responsibility of our government to provide the resources. Both parties are responsible, not just one or the other. But if an individual, who is capable of handling this responsibility fails to do so, they should not expect the same rewards of an individual that does. In the end, their reward is good health and longer life, if monetary incentives (in the form of lower premiums) are what get them there, then everyone is better for.
BTW,if health insurance companies preferred their membership to be ill, they wouldn't underwrite against it.
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