If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Anne Bradstreet

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. Ether 12:27

Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season therof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion. D&C 59:18-20

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Should we penalize people with bad health habits?

No, but we should reward people with good health habits with lower health insurance rates. That's the way it is in auto insurance -- no accidents and no tickets, your rates go down; accidents and tickets, your rates go up.

We reward good students with scholarships; we reward good employees with bonuses.

If you choose to engage in bad health practices, then you choose to have higher insurance premiums.

It's just good common sense. Choices have consequences. It's time we learned that lesson again.

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