- Aug 2012
If we're giving free or even subsidized health care to some subset of the American population, and the cost of that is being borne by a different subset of the population, does the former have any right to demand that the latter stop smoking and/or drinking and maybe get out for a walk now and then to keep their health situation at the lowest cost possible? After all the latter are paying (some or all of) the bills for the former and should have some rights in this contractual relationship, no? Simple common decency, one would think, would suggest that the former would want to be as small a burden on the latter as possible. Thoughts?