Well, I've been predicting this for years. What's really at issue is the basic question of whether or not we should, as a deterrent, tax people for making poor choices in their lifestyle. We have done this with smoking and alcohol, and in the case of seat belts and motorcycle helmets, we have passed laws. The logic that follows is inescapable: This should apply to all poor choices that can lead to costs to society. http://www.consumerfreedom.com/news_detail.cfm/headline/2336 How far does the logic extend? Should we be taxed on the distance driven each day and the associated risk with the chosen route, safety rating of the car, quality of tires, etc? Or perhaps we should simply assign a more general notion a "risk tax" that goes with everything sold and all activities. The point is that either this unfairly targets one group or another, or it applies equally to everyone. Edit: Crud, I just noticed that this is not the current story. CNN is reporting on this but I didn't see any links yet.