WASHINGTON — In a move that could significantly expand insurance coverage of weight-loss treatments, a federal health advisory panel on Monday recommended that all obese adults receive intensive counseling in an effort to rein in a growing health crisis in America.Mandatory counseling for fat people is just the start. If Obamacare can do this, panels of govt experts will soon be telling us all what to eat, when to exercise, how to maintain a healthy livestyle, with many hours of counseling if our behavior deviates from official policy.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force urged doctors to identify patients with a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or more — currently one in three Americans — and either provide counseling themselves or refer the patient to a program designed to promote weight loss and improve health prospects.
Under the current health care law, Medicare and most private insurers would be required to cover the entire cost of weight-loss services that meet or exceed the task force’s standards.
That could all change Thursday, when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law, which requires adoption of certain strong recommendations from the task force, such as this one on obesity.
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