This is socialized medicine, Bernie Sanders-style: Medical treatments BANNED for those with “unapproved behaviors”

Sunday, October 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
Saturday, October 21, 2017

If you still needed a reason to reject the full-on, government-controlled socialist health care in America that is favored by closet communists like Democratic Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren, among others, the British have provided yet another perfect example.

In a decision that has outraged scores of British citizens as well as the nation’s top organization of surgeons, the country’s National Health Service announced it will indefinitely ban obese patients or smokers from having surgery until they give up the habit and/or lose weight.

The decision, announced by NHS bureaucrats, was immediately pounced upon by the Royal College of Surgeons, whose vice president called for an “urgent rethink” of the policy which he described as utterly “discriminatory” and was against fundamental treatment principles of the health agency.

The ruling is really an extension of an existing policy, whereby patients who were overweight or smokers were being told their surgeries and other services would be delayed, often for months, during which time they were expected to lose weight or give up smoking.

This kind of overt behavior modification might be allowable, even in a free market system, if it were being implemented by a privately owned health insurance company; patients would be free to either continue purchasing insurance through that company or find a different one that would accommodate their lifestyle choices.

However, when it’s being forced upon you by government — while you’re simultaneously forced to pay taxes to support said health system — that’s not conducive to a free society. That’s tyranny.

But then again, socialized healthcare is tyrannical by nature, because — like Obamacare — it forces citizens to make purchases and choices they otherwise would not make. And that’s what’s going on here: Taxpaying British citizens who happen to be overweight or who happen to smoke are being denied healthcare by bureaucrats who have decided they are no longer worthy of it.

Under the new rules, which were implemented by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), say that patients who are obese “will not get non-urged surgery until they reduce their weight” ever again unless there are exceptional existential circumstances. For smokers, surgeries will be delayed until they have stopped smoking for eight weeks; they will be breath-analyzed prior to being referred for surgery.

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