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Dear BlueCross: Give Vegetarians Lower Health Insurance Premiums!

Written by PETA | November 14, 2008
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E. Coli

A recent study suggests—that a certain sugar called Neu5Gc, which is commonly—and only—found in meat and dairy products, might actually increase the risk of infection from E. coli—that nasty bacteria that grows in animals’ guts and is shed in their feces. E. coli can be deadly to human beings (remember the kids at Jack in the Box?). Slaughterhouses are filth pits, and that E. coli-ridden filth and feces often ends up on someone’s hamburger or chicken breast. Children are particularly vulnerable if they are exposed to the bacteria.

In light of a recent E. coli outbreak in Vermont and this new finding about Neu5Gc, we’ve sent a letter off to the president of BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont. We are urging the health insurance company to lower health premiums for vegetarians—a change that can save money not only for vegetarians but the company as well. You can check out the full letter here.

Vegetarians are, on average, much healthier than meat and dairy eaters (E. coli outbreaks aside). Vegetarians have stronger immune systems, making them less susceptible to illnesses. And unless they are piling on the cheese and processed foods, they invariably weigh less. They are also 40 percent less likely to have cancer than are individuals who consume animal meat. And, as if that weren’t enough, studies show that meat, eggs, and dairy products are all linked to osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and even impotence. Yikes!

Nowadays, everyone is trying to save a buck. So, how about lowering health insurance premiums for people who choose a plant-based diet? After all, vegetarians generally require fewer health resources such as medications and doctor visits than do those who feed their bodies steroid-injected meat and pus-filled dairy “products”!

Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • Rex says:

    I buy all my meat and dairy directly from small local farmers whom I personally know and trust. Their animals are raised the best way this also benefits the health of my family. Most large insurance thinks like big business and government that agriculture must be big and national in scope. They are the enemy not the small local animal farmers. No one should look to the big corporations any more than big government for solutions. They will find a way to tax you for your personal dietary preferences someday. Vegetarian beware. This crowd is not working in your best interests.

  • Jim says:

    This is an interesting debate. While I am not a vegan or PETA supporter I do support good health healthy choices eating right and paying your own way. While it is probably feasible to discriminate between meat eaters and those who don’t there are legimate ways to promote good health and have it reflected on your insurance premium. It’s called a Health Risk Assessment. The one I am most familiar with is HealthCheck360 healthchcheck360.com By taking biometric measurements and a full blood panel a persons health can be benchmarked and monitored. Those who stay healthy or improve are rewarded. I find the results and explanation I get from the annual healthcheck360 test administered by my employer is beter than that which I get from my doctor. It also puts you on stronger more educated footing to have a real discussion with your doctor about health using your healthcheck360 report

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Maria I don’t believe I used any of the phrases you attributed to me except taht I did tell Kurt to grow up so please refer to my specific posts for the other comments. I did refer to him as stupid but that’s a perfectly legitimate adjective and completely appropriate to his nonsensical arguments. As for what does and doesn’t benefit animals as an animal welfarist you couldn’t possibly have a clue.

  • Maria says:

    Lynda I never said I did not respect Antigone did I? Reread my statements before you open your mouth again please. I respect Antigone and she is free to say her opinions but I an free to disagree if I want. Respecting and disagreeing are two different things. However Antigone has said repeatedly that she does not respect other people namely omnivores in a terrible way so perhaps you should be calling poo poo on her if fairness is part of your ideology. She can be insulting all she wants it is clear I’m not going to be able to stop that kind of immaturity but she isn’t earning any credibility points from grownups vegan and non vegan alike.

  • lynda downie says:

    Maria said ‘…I have respect for all others whose lifestyles are within the law.’ How about including Antigone in that group of others. That’d show the sincerity of your statement. Thank you.

  • Maria says:

    Antigone I agree that many terrible abuses are committed upon animals and that is why I support animal welfare I hope I can help lessen the suffering of animals by doing so. So I don’t think we have much to disagree on that. But I don’t agree with the concept of restricting your organs to a certain group of people. Hey I’m just disagreeing I’m not out to get you or scare you sweetheart. So you don’t need to talk like a sixyearold. I’m quite a bit older than that I’m not sure how “oh yeah? Well I don’t like you Kurt! You’re a loser! Grow up! I hate you! I don’t like meat eaters! They’re lunatics!” really gets your point across. Just because animals are abused doesn’t mean you need to pull out names. I don’t think acting immature benefits your animals. Actually why don’t you tell me how it does?

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Maria I’m sorrywhat horrible name did I use that so offended your sensibilities??? It makes me laugh that people on here complain about names when you consider the atrocities we are discussing. If you are offended too bad. I speak up for the animals onlyif it bothers you at all I really do not care.

  • B West says:

    Brilliant idea! I just had to help a friend fill out a health assessment form for medical insurance that asked a lot of questions about personal habits like exercise and smoking. Smokers were required to pay a higher premium. If they can charge more for smokers they can charge less for people who follow a vegetarian i.e. healthier diet.

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