Originally Posted by Camp David
Cutting welfare payments would encourage some to get labor jobs, thus improving citizen health. Reducing unemployment insurance would likewise push more into labor jobs, thus advancing citizen health. Both of those measures involves reducing government agencies and their toxic effect upon citizen's health and finances.
Very true, but it will remain a big issue. These people have lost all self control and whilst taxpayers funding them to just get fatter is an outrage, cutting their money supply will still mean we spends billions annually just to keep them alive and therefore gouging themselves even more. That's why personal responsibility sometimes won't happen unless we use all the tools at our disposal. Once a person has proven that they are unwilling to make serious changes to their habits it's time for us to recoup some of the losses that they have caused society. The only way to do that is to to not only STOP spending ANY more money on them but to to see if we can actually make money from them.
I see no valid reasons against using the resources of a person, especially in an age when energy exerts such a large toll on our environment. We should seek to harness that energy supply before they die and it goes to waste. They themselves have consumed already far more than their fair share of resources and simply wasted them. What we should not overlook is that they are a clean energy supply. No drilling, no radiation, no adverse effects at all to use their body fat to power clean energy. If we were take say 4 million of the one's who are the least productive and that have the greatest mounting costs just to keep them alive we would have say 300lb's per person x 4,000,000 (to begin with). That comes to 1,200,000,000 lb's of pure energy probably about enough to power a city of about 100,000 plus a year. All of that from people who were going to die anyway.
The immediate effects I would expect to be profound. Many people would start trying to get into shape. It's important that people know that they won't be used unless they clearly are making no legitimate efforts to lose weight and are above a certain weight. In order for the plan to work those used would have to be the most obese of the obese, the really hopeless cases who would otherwise die naturally without the use of very expensive drugs and medical services keeping them alive. The savings in healthcare costs will obviously be huge. It certainly is harsh and will have it's opponents but when you think of the scale of the problem and the benefits to implementing such a plan and given that we just can't afford to pay for rapidly growing numbers whether it be children or adults it becomes very clear that we need not let this crisis go to waste.
Certainly a good way to start the plan would be, like you say, to cease funding their lifestyle choices. Then to show just how much clean power we can get from fat. Many people are already familiar with cars running on the fat from restraunts. There are medical donors already who could be used as examples to the public on creating clean energy from fat to show it's viability. Over time, I would expect many grossly obese people, maybe the bulk, to volunteer, especially the environmentally aware one's as they see that they've got themselves too big to ever regain their productivity and happiness. It might sound extreme now but hopefully in the not too distant future people will be asking "why didn't we start doing that sooner?"