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June 4, 2007

Smokers to Be Denied Surgery

If years-long waiting lists, gross inefficiency, and substandard care and facilities aren't reasons enough to oppose the socialized medicine that will be coming our way if Dems take the White House, how about this:

In Britain, where efficient medical care has already been replaced with socialism, patients will actually be denied surgery for smoking. The ruling will be policed by blood test. A half million smokers per year are expected to be affected.

Next they will deny healthcare to eaters of trans fats, or to those who don't do calisthenics every morning. From there it will be on to banning healthcare to "racists," global warming "deniers," etc.

But that's okay, if you live exactly the way the bureauweenies want you to, you will get your healthcare. It won't be very good, and you'll have to wait months or even years for it, but at least it will be "free" — since you'll be paying for it whether you use it or not.

Posted by Van Helsing at June 4, 2007 9:33 AM


In Orwell's "nineteen eighty-four", they did force folks to exercise each morning and adhere to a life of celibacy, but at least they let 'em have their smokes.

Posted by: fellowes at June 4, 2007 8:50 PM

The comments at the site linked for the article are interesting. For the most part they seem to be very against it, smokers and non-smokers alike.

Interesting that they mention time and again how the smokers can't withhold their tax money that pays for the system, but the system can dictate lifestyle to them.

This is the end result of socialized medicine. You're putting the government in charge of your health and your lifestyle.

Posted by: NudeGayWhalesForJesus at June 5, 2007 2:07 PM

In Canada, we have what you in America would call socialized medicine and this arguement still comes up. The rallying cry is that people who purposefully harm themselves, the smokers, should not get health care because it costs the system too much.

A few inconvenient truths...

1. Smokers in Canada pay billions of dollars in sin taxes to support their habit. That money can be used and is used to support the health care system. So, they pay for it why can't they use it?

2. We don't here the same rants about people who need hip and knee replacements because they run or jog due to an addiction to endorphins. Their running shoes don't have a sin tax in the price.

3. Regardless of what ails you, unless you die suddenly and unexpectedley, like from a car accident or anuerism, the last 6 months of your life will be the most expensive 6 months in terms of health care. People who live saintly lives and grow old still succomb to disease and that cots money.

Posted by: jev2000 at June 15, 2007 8:26 AM