Although a tough choice considering the weekly swarm of meddling, noxious bureaucrats and statists that pollute our environment, Comrade Michael Decter, head of the Health Council of Canada, is my pick for the London Fog authoritarian of the week. When individual burdens and responsibilities are forcefully transformed into 'collective' burdens, peaceful lifestyle choices -although potentially harmful to the individual, but no one else - cease to be a personal matter. Your fate is in the hands of the benevolent officials who oversee the current five year plan.
A new report draws a direct line between alarming obesity rates and sharp increases in knee and hip replacement surgeries, a finding experts warn should be a wake-up call for Canadians concerned about the health of their joints -- and the cost of their health care.Further erosion of individual liberties are here justified in the name of more collective freedom, which means more loot and power for those with government sanction at the expense of the individuals comprising the collective they profess to protect and serve.
While it is likely true that fat people have more hip and knee problems, the forced monopoly of health care makes it every taxpayers' problem. If people had to pay for their own costs, via insurance or direct payment for services rendered, those that engaged in riskier behaviour would pay for the cost of their own habits and yes, their misfortunes too. The alternative to this is forcing people to change their personal habits against their will.
Move over smoker - Bertha is sharing your bed now.
Decter said the data show it’s time for an assault on the obesity problem similar to the successful campaigns that dramatically cut smoking rates in this country.Next up: Government issued refrigerators with a scale attached. The occupant of the complex must step on the scale in order to receive their daily ration of food. If the citizen weighs in over the government decreed maximum healthy weight, the fridge remains sealed and the unhappy obese person is deprived of their ration until such time as they weigh in at a socially acceptable weight.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Thursday, August 18, 2005