Look at this headline in the Telegraph of London: "NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese”
“NHS" stands for the National Health Service. It’s their government-run health monopoly.
And according to their own statistics, between 30 and 40 per cent of Brits won’t be allowed to have surgery because they fall into those categories.
I believe in personal responsibility — if you’re fat (like I am) or if you smoke (I don’t) those are unhealthy choices, and I think you should pay your own way.
We do that with private insurance; a non-smoker gets a lower life insurance premium. It’s actuarial science. You could almost say it’s survival of the fittest.
But I thought that’s what the NHS, and Canada’s Medicare system, and America’s Medicaid system was all about — ending the Darwinian realities of life by treating forcing everyone to be the same.
You can’t force everyone to participate by paying taxes, then change the rules.
Meanwhile, did you know that when it comes to health care, we often spend more money on the last year, the last month, even the last week of life than we do in the previous 70 or 80 years?
So, who do you think will be next…?
TONIGHT'S GUESTS: Veteran columnist Lorne Gunter says Justin Trudeau's recent attempts at "damage control" are "bizarre and insulting;" then Jay Cameron of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms brings us an update on the pro-life free speech controversy at the University of Alberta.
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