“I agree that it is big brotherly, too much in that direction,” Bernstein said before delving into how the cost of obesity affects others in society. “It does raise the costs of healthcare through the society.”
“But everybody does something,” Maher contended. “This is what I objected to. Yes, if you’re a cigarette smoker, if you drink a lot of booze, those things are legal. People do coke, that’s not legal, they do it. They ride motorcycles. They have too much stress! You never get laid. There’s a lot of reasons why you could get sick.”
“But we tax them and we should tax this,” Bernstein shot back.
“We make the worst consequences of those behaviors inconvenienced,” Rachel Maddow said. “You can’t buy loose cigarettes anymore, you can’t buy a single cigarette anymore, you have to have enough money to buy a whole pack. Okay, that’s annoying, but you know what that does? That keeps people from starting smoking because they can only afford one cigarette.”