Taxpayers should be appalled by Medicare’s decision to pay for stomach-stapling surgery (“‘Stomach shrinking’ gets OK,” Page A-9, Feb. 22). Unlike many other conditions, obesity is frequently reversible without a surgeon’s intervention. Try eating less and walking more.
Unfortunately, Americans have gotten away from such simple wisdom. And they’ve had plenty of help. Stomach-stapling doctors and makers of weight-loss drugs have spent years lobbying government health programs to cover their products.
In essence, they want to turn obesity into a recognized “disease” with taxpayer-funded “cures.” Perhaps they could call this new disease “couch-potato-itis.”
What’s the next step? Will Blue Cross be forced to buy me a treadmill?