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Should we be concerned about BMI inequality?

Thgty_bmi_weight_check_jef_111121_wge typical American household is richer than 93 percent of the world.

UK: No more free health care for illegal immigrants.

The U.S. has defaulted before.

Is opposition to ObamaCare racist?

Pay-for-performance seems to work when doctors don’t have to change what they are doing very much.

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  1. BHS says:

    “The typical American household is richer than 93 percent of the world.”

    Always good to stop and remember these stats.

    • Dewaine says:

      especially when we talk about poverty and welfare in this country. Are Tv’s really an essential good?

  2. Dewaine says:

    “Should we be concerned about BMI inequality?”

    That analysis seems to suggest that people have more free time and choices now and are making them to have high BMI or low BMI.

    • Jackson says:

      Even though the evidence suggests that BMI is tied to income, at that the less income you have the greater you BMI is likely to be due to nutrition available.

      • Dewaine says:

        I don’t disagree, although is it income that determines BMI or are they jointly related? People make choices that affect their BMI and income, I’m not discounting that people are born in different circumstances or that it is easier for some than others, but choices matter.

        • Jackson says:

          Choices do matter, but it follows logically that people with more income with be able to make more choices, such as hiring a personal trainer, or not having to eat off the dollar menu.

  3. Dewaine says:

    “UK: No more free health care for illegal immigrants.”

    They just hate brown people! That’s what illegal immigrants means right? Brown people?

    • JD says:

      Ohhh, nice. Will the liberals claim that the Brits are just racist? Hanging on to their slave trading days?

  4. JD says:

    “Is opposition to ObamaCare racist?”

    This is always the indicator of the left being intellectually bankrupt, they play the bigotry card.

    • Dewaine says:

      Well when your entirely philosophy is based on class struggle, it would be the most fundamental argument.

    • Dewaine says:

      She’s an econ professor at UMass – Amherst, that is a conspicuously socialist leaning department.

    • Billy says:

      She also tips her hand to what she really wants: an abolition of states in favor of the federal government enforcing everything.

      • Perry says:

        I’m not opposed to health care for the indigent, heck, I’m not even opposed to free health care for illegals. I am opposed to Obamacare because it is not doing anything to curb the cost of either insurance or health care.

  5. Billy says:

    “The typical American household is richer than 93 percent of the world.”

    This is bogus reporting. Income is relative to where you live, so its says nothing about actual distribution of resources.

  6. Stewart T. says:

    “UK: No more free health care for illegal immigrants.”

    Ridiculous. People have a right to healthcare no matter where they come from.

    • JD says:

      Ever heard of scarcity? We do not have the resources to provide for every single person in the world. Sure, we probably do numerically, but once you shift the distribution structure so that incentives become perverse, that number dwindles. There is a way to help everybody and that is with economic growth, the kind that comes from freedom.

      • Stewart T. says:

        They’re not asking to provide for every person in the world, just your neighbors. Why should it matter if the people down the street from you don’t have legal papers? They still have a right to life.

        • JD says:

          Unfortunately, a safety net like “free” health care is a huge incentive for illegal immigration. The UK could expect illegal immigration to continue until standard of living for the people in question is equal across countries (emigrated from, immigrated to).

          I definitely want to help people in need, but subsidization (essential what this is) always creates more. If you offer something “free” everyone will take it. The UK is realizing that they can’t handle that burden.

        • John Fembup says:

          “just your neighbors”

          If only that were true.

          Still, the so-called “illegal immigrants” might choose a different path. They might choose to enter the U.K legally and then NHS would cover them without charge other than their taxes.

          They have a right to choose that different path, too.