On Television: Should Government Be Mandating Daycare Exercise?

On my television segment last night with Chris Berg on Valley News Live’s 6:30 Point of View program was discussed a recent push by the City of Fargo to mandate exercise in the city’s daycares.

I wrote about the effort previously, pointing out that it’s likely to have an impact on the cost of child care. Given that those costs are already a hardship for many families, you have to wonder if the city isn’t doing more harm than good.

Berg argues that he’s glad the city is mandating the physical activity, noting that obesity is impacting insurance rates and he’s tired of them.

To me, that sounds like a good argument for moving away from a health insurance regime that requires each of us to pay for the health decisions of others, but setting that argument aside for a moment, does this really help us avoid costs?

How long until the increasing child care costs have families and day care centers lining up for subsidies from the taxpayers?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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