Now, Gruber’s proposal may sound outlandish, offensive, and controversial. That said, the professor pointed out that it has in fact been enacted in Obamacare. According to CipherCloud, part of the reason why Corporate America largely embraced the Affordable Care Act was because they were assured they could pass on a greater cost of health care onto smokers and the obese. Professor Gruber stated that companies may levy an additional surcharge on employee sponsored insurance of up to 20% for obesity. Employees can avoid the hit by actively being engaged in a weight loss program and demonstrating progress. In addition, Obamacare will allow employers to step up the obesity penalty to 30% and eventually 50%. It is part of a measure to control health care costs by making individuals more responsible.