The billionaire banker and GOP candidate is under fire for saying obese people should be forced to pay MORE for health care because it’s “a personal choice” for which there should be “CONSEQUENCES.”

The banking magnate seeking a Senate seat in America’s dairy heartland is facing a health backlash after he claimed obese people choose to be fat and should pay more for health care.

Eric Hovde, who is campaigning to unseat Democrat Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, has come under fire from health professionals after a video resurfaced in which he blamed obese people for a lack of personal responsibility during his last crack at the seat in 2012.

“It’s a personal choice,” he insisted during a session with WisconsinEye, “well, you want to do it, you become obese, your health care is going to cost more.”

“If they suddenly started realizing that they’re going to pay more for their health care by consuming large amounts of soda every day or fatty foods and not exercising, they might change their behavior patterns.”

The Sunwest Bank chief executive was already under fire for comments he blamed on single mothers for lacking “morals and ethics” last time and his comments about obesity drew scorn from health professionals.

Sunset Bank CEO Eric Hovde is campaigning to unseat Democrat Tammy Baldwin and turn the Senate seat red for the first time since 1952.

But his comments about obesity while campaigning for the Republican nomination in 2012 have resurfaced as health care takes center stage.

But his comments about obesity while campaigning for the Republican nomination in 2012 have resurfaced as health care takes center stage.

He became embroiled in a bitter feud with the incumbent after she tweeted a photo of herself as a young woman in the hospital with a pre-existing condition that nearly bankrupted her family in the years before Obamacare.

He became embroiled in a bitter feud with the incumbent after she tweeted a photo of herself as a young woman in the hospital with a pre-existing condition that nearly bankrupted her family in the years before Obamacare.

“Personal behaviors play an important role in all chronic diseases, but obesity is as heritable as height,” Professor Melanie Jay of NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Obesity Research Program told the Daily Beast.

“There are many reasons, but it is not the person’s fault that they have developed obesity.”

Hovde has been a staunch critic of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since its inception under President Obama, blaming it for raising insurance costs for ordinary families.

The debate over its future looks set to play a key role in the race for the White House, with Donald Trump vowing to dismantle it if elected.

And the problem flared up Saturday in Wisconsin, where 68 percent of adults are overweight when Baldwin he tweeted a picture of herself as a young woman in the hospital with a pre-existing condition that nearly bankrupted her grandparents.

“If my opponent wins this November, he could be the deciding vote to repeal the ACA and prevent health care for millions of Americans who depend on it,” he wrote.

Hovde immediately applauded and reminded him that he has lived with multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years.

“I will not let you lie and be afraid on this point. Our health care system needs reform, but I will always protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions,” he insisted.

But he has yet to deny his 2012 fix for what he called an “explosion of type 2 diabetes right now.”

“You know, we’re taking people away from responsibility for their own health,” he said.

“If they suddenly started realizing that they’re going to pay more for their health care by consuming, you know, consuming large amounts of soda every day or fatty foods and not exercising, they might change their behavior patterns.

“It’s a personal choice, but there should be consequences to those personal choices.”

Oprah Winfrey led a one-hour obesity special earlier this month, telling viewers:

Oprah Winfrey led a one-hour obesity special earlier this month, telling viewers, “What I hope people come away with is knowing. [obesity] it’s a disease and it’s in the brain”

Hovde has suffered from multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years, but has made much of his personal form possible, with a stop at a lake in Wisconsin last month during this campaign.

Hovde has suffered from multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years, but has made much of his personal form possible, with a stop at a lake in Wisconsin last month during this campaign.

The American Medical Association has considered obesity a clinical disease for more than a decade, a point highlighted by Oprah Winfrey when she hosted an hour-long special: Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution in early this month.

“Overweight and obesity conditions are conclusively known to be complex chronic disease states, not character defects, so they should be managed accordingly,” Dr Jen Aston told the programme.

“Oh, I really like Dr. Jen, it’s a disease, not a character flaw,” Winfrey commented.

And Hovde’s call for obese people to pay higher premiums was called discriminatory by doctors working in the field.

“It’s clear that this person has no credibility when it comes to health policy,” said Dr. David S. Seres, MD, director of medical nutrition at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

“It would be like charging more people who get cancer or have heart attacks that are due to genetics, or the polluted environment, or the overabundance of unhealthy food and the lack of access to healthy food that is current environment in which many people live.

“That would be plain and simple to blame the victim.”

“We have a very obesogenic environment,” Professor Jay added.

“And it’s interacting with people’s genes and that’s why people get heavier over time.

“Willpower doesn’t really play a role.”


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