"In the long run, maybe having Medicare cover treatments even for people without obesity-related medical problems would prevent costly surgery and chemotherapy and the suffering they entail. In the short run it looks like a different story. You can see the diet gurus and weight-loss fakers lining up for a share of this fat financial pie, even though (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson isn't-yet-proposing any extra funding. The potential for a federally funded snake-oil program seems high, despite assertions from Thompson's office that Medicare would cover only treatments proven by `scientific and medical evidence.' "
-Los Angeles Times