Tuesday, May 28, 2013

PURE GENIUS: Bipartisan House Bill to Force HHS to Prescribe Exercise Guidelines for All Americans

It would seem that you and I aren't smart enough to exercise without the federal government's help, nor purchase our own lightbulbs, nor choose a shower-head, but somehow we're able to select our politicians. At least for the moment.

I refer, of course, to this delightful news from the Ministry of Stupidity (you may know it by its original name: Congress):

Two House members have proposed a bipartisan bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prescribe exercise guidelines for Americans.

Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) proposed their Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act, H.R. 2179, in an effort to help promote healthy exercise habits, especially among schoolchildren.

"Public health and physical fitness are pressing concerns for our country, and in order to get the best results it's important to instill healthy habits and routines early in life," Kind said last week. "Promoting good health, especially to kids, is something we can do to help keep America healthy and competitive on the global stage."

Under their bill, HHS would publish a report on "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans" every 10 years. The report would contain exercise guidelines, which would be promoted by federal agencies that promote good health.

You know, I've read the Constitution backwards and forwards, and I have yet to find the enumerated power for "specifying exercise guidelines". Or abortion, for that matter, but I digress.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

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