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Where does Leonhardt use an analogy? Does this analogy effectively support his argument? Why or why not?

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Leonhardt uses an analogy when talking about proposed higher health insurance premiums for obese people. He writes that, in a way, overweight people are already paying a similar cost; they are generally paid lower salaries than their similarly qualified counterparts. He writes that this difference is basically equivalent to what the proposed medical cost difference would be.

This analogy helps support his argument by showing the drawbacks of such a proposed tax. He is illustrating that overweight people already have an economic incentive, in a way, to lose weight, and that adding another would not necessarily change anything.

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