Arizona's $50 Medicaid Fat Fee
Governor Jan Brewer has been threatening to cut Medicaid ever since she got re-elected, but since there would be a huge backlash if that did happen, she's now threatening to charge fat people, smokers and the chronically ill on Medicaid a $50 fee. To avoid the fee, fat people would have to follow a doctor-supervised diet regimen. This proposal will target only childless people, so they don't only want to shame fat people, but fat people who chose to or can't physically have children. Way to go Governor Brewer!
What happens if this doctor's diet plan doesn't work and the patient is still fat? Also, how are they going to judge how fat someone has to be before they charge this fee? What about the number of fat people who have none of the diseases correlated with being fat, such as diabetes, heart problems and joint issues?
There's no way this plan could work and it shouldn't even have been considered. For a lot of poor people who have Medicaid as their only medical insurance, this is really going to put a lot of strain and stress on them. Once again, the fat population is shamed simply for their size by a dodo who thinks all fat people are unhealthy, dieting works, and weight loss will magically solve everything.
Story here, in the Wall Street Journal: Arizona Proposes Medicaid Fat Fee
Also covered on Fat Chicks Rule.