Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Girth of a nation :: The Eclectic Econoclast
(Title comes from NYT op-ed by Krugman)

Obesity is caused by personal choices. The Eclectic Econoclast says let's not create incentives to encourage people to be overweight.
When we let the gubmnt provide a really high health safety net, we do two things: (1) We create serious moral hazard problems. People do not have to bear the costs of risks they take. People can overeat, incur health costs, and not bear those costs themselves. . . . (2) More problematic is that gubmnt health care is used as a justification for intervention in all sorts of other areas of our lives.

1 Comments:

Anonymous yinshuisiyuan said...

I'm not sure I agree with that. Obesity is a rising problem in countries without state healthcare, too, and in poorer countries as well as richer ones. To my mind, it seems more to be a case that the rate of increase of the food supply outstripped our ability to learn how to deal with it.

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