The answer is unclear, though right now we are in fact doing that. We pay higher premiums for people who have heart disease from a life of smoking or unhealthy eating, thus costing insurance companies tons of money. We pay in our taxes for people on Medicare and Medicaid who blow government money because of their drinking habits. The question, though, is should these people be allowed to do this? It's hard to answer because though many of us will say no, once we understand that this would result in some of our friends and family losing care because of their habits, we change our minds. In other countries, Britain for example, NHS pays for not only perhaps the Briton who takes great care of himself, but the dickhead who smokes 3 packs a day as well. Are you alright with your tax dollars going to those people? In America, are you alright with your premiums constantly rising because of stupid people?
There is no easy answer to this, and many will come in here and probably say "oh yeah cut them off", but I think either side has a hard argument to make. If you 'cut them off', you just won't provide medical care to people who have unhealthy habits? Or should you go the route of banning things that make people sick. Ban tobacco, ban McDonald's, ban alcohol, etc. What's the best choice? Or is the status quo really the best we can do? I'm really on the fence and not sure where I stand on this yet. It's an issue I honestly never thought much of.
Edited by Irviding, 20 May 2012 - 01:10 AM.