We're going to see this (and much, much more) implemented in the USA as government becomes more thoroughly involved in health care and as its goal of creating an entirely dependent welfare state approaches fruition:
Some overweight Brits could find their welfare benefits cut if they don’t complete a physician-prescribed exercise regimen, according to a new series of public policy proposals being considered in the London area of Westminster.
Westminster Council leader Philippa Roe described the report as containing “exactly the sort of bright, forward-thinking and radical ideas that need to be looked at.”
According to the report, entitled “A Dose of Localism” and illustrated with a tantalizing green apple on the cover, councils should link welfare measures to “behaviors that promote public health.”
The group suggests using smart cards to monitor how much exercise an individual who’s been told to work out more is getting, and varying their subsidized housing and tax payments to either reward or “incentivize” them based on how much exercise they do.
It's all about control. Bureaucrats are your betters. And you're so much easier to control if they can get you on the dole.
First, they came for tobacco. Though they make a lot of money off the stuff, they hate the people who use the products. Now, they're coming after your guns and ammunition. Already, Mooch is telling you to eat your peas, so you know they'll be coming after fatties in the reasonably near future.
Haters gonna hate.