The Brit government plans to withhold state healthcare from people it judges to have unhealthy lifestyles – a good example of collectivists’ tendency to kill people who don’t adopt their behavioral norms. This is America’s future if Clinton is elected.
Patients could be required to stop smoking, take exercise or lose weight before they can be treated on the National Health Service, Gordon Brown has suggested.
In a New Year message to NHS staff, the Prime Minister indicates people may have to fulfill new “responsibilities” in order to establish their entitlement to care.
The policy is nonsensical.
Choice versus Genes
Brown’s collectivists mostly assume that people’s behavior is not their responsibility – thus murderers are considered victims because of social factors make them bad. So how come smokers and fat people don’t get the same consideration? There are plenty of reasons why they could be genetically prone to their behaviors.
Take Gordon Brown himself – he’s a heavily built Scottish obsessive, so a prime candidate for a heart attack. If that happens is it his fault for remaining as Prime Minister, or is it the fault of his genes?
Science is not finished on which behaviors are damaging – take fat people:
Fitness is more important than thinness in retaining mobility, strength and balance in old age.
Middle-aged people who do half an hour’s vigorous activity three times a week are half as likely as the sedentary to suffer physical decline and impaired mobility as they get older.
“Use it or lose it” was the message, said Dr Iain Lang, of the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, who, with collaborators in the United States, studied data on more than 10,000 people aged between 50 and 69 for up to six years.
Importantly, he said, the benefit of exercise was enjoyed regardless of body mass index. All groups roughly halved their risks of physical decline by doing exercise — so that a fit obese person did as well, or better, than a thin, unfit one.
Breach of Contract
All Brits, including fat ones and smokers, pay for the state healthcare system through earmarked tax deductions. So denying them the services they’ve paid for is a breach of contract which frees them from paying any more such taxes. But Brown (who has run up the biggest state debt in Brit history) wants them to keep paying. That’s illegal.
If US voters elect Clinton, they face the same bleak future as the Brits – if they don’t go along with the latest health fad, Hillarycare will cut them loose.