[FoRK] Accidental theorist lost, wanted back

Bill Stoddard wgstoddard at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 09:03:11 PDT 2009


HK Pang wrote:
> If better fitness leads to better health and lower health care cost.
> So why not give out some tax incentives? There are many ways to
> penalize bad habits (like cigarette tax) but no enough to reward good
> habits.  For better or worse, money is a great motivator for lots of
> people.
>
> Here are some situations I can think of:
>
> 1) make all fitness/recreational memberships and fees tax deductible
> 2) make all fitness/recreational equipments tax dedictible
> 3) make 'healthy' foods tax deductible
> 4) give tax credit for verifiable exercise (like record of gym attendence etc)
> 5) give tax credit for losing weight or maintaining healthy weight
> (certified by doctor)
> 6) give tax credit for people who volunteer a drug test report.
> 7) give tax credit for people who pass a fitness test (relative to the
> test taker's own fitness level)
> 8) give tax credit for people who use less medical services (certified
> by insurnance co.)
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Government programs.. all of them... are subject to gaming in ways 
completely counter to the original intent of the program.  What this 
means in practice is that there is a practical limit to how fine grained 
programs like this can be;  there simply is not enough time or energy to 
plug all the ways of gaming fine grained programs.     Government, to be 
reasonably efficient, must be as coarse grained as possible. Nice idea, 
but not implementable in a reasonable way, imho.

Bill


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