With much sadness, we must correct the Motor City Madman.
Nugent writes in a Washington Times commentary:
The Internet is full of health-related studies and articles. Most of them provide similar, age-old wisdom: Eat right, exercise and don’t smoke. There are no guarantees, but following this timeless advice generally leads to a longer, healthier life.
All of us have heard this and read it countless times, yet there remains a segment of the American public who would rather shovel junk into their mouths and sit on the couch than follow a healthy lifestyle. When these Americans become ill, they want others to pay for their health care, which is a key reason why America is broke and in debt.
We live in a La-La Land entitlement society where poor choices are condoned and rewarded and individual responsibility and accountability are largely ignored by the bloodsuckers who want the rich to “pay their fair share.” Unbelievable… [Emphasis added]
A few points:
- Who would have thought that Ted Nugent is part of the nanny state, condemning people who don’t follow whatever he means by “healthy lifestyle”?
- We doubt that anyone shoveling junk food into their mouths while lounging on a couch is thinking, “I can do this because I’ve got Obamacare.”
- American is broke an in debt because Left-wing activists and pandering politicians have saddled America with various budget-busting entitlement programs.
- The cost of health care is out-of-control not because people don’t live “healthy lifestyles,” but rather because there are no personal or market constraints on the provision of health care services.
- Moreover, whether you die and 65 or at 90, the cost of end-of-life medical care is high. On a societal basis, however, it’s probably less expensive for you to die at 65 than 90 because of the benefits payouts foregone by an earlier death.
Ted, we heart you, but that riff is wrong.