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by FiveBoxes Staff | 2008-02-14 9:10 

As a followup to yesterday’s post, you may want to watch the following YouTube video:

It is highly recommended that you peruse the website that created the video,

For those who are unconvinced that the free market is the solution to healthcare in this country, and who still think that socialized medicine is the way to go, perhaps you should take a look at how well England’s socialized healthcare system is working out for them:

Doctors are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives.

Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone. [emphasis added]

Sorry, grandma. No pacemaker for you. And you need a bypass? Should have thought of that about 30 pounds ago. What’s that? “Thirty pounds overweight isn’t obese” you say? Well it depends on what the government’s definition of “obese” is. And to ensure your kids don’t pick up any of your bad eating habits, we’re now going to start monitoring their lunches:

School lunchboxes could soon be monitored by dinner ladies to ensure children are eating healthy meals, ministers said.

Under the Government’s obesity strategy, all schools will be expected to design a “healthy lunchbox policy” on what makes a nutritional packed lunch over the next year.

Some parents may even be asked to sign a form agreeing to ban unhealthy foods from their children’s lunches.

If a packed lunch is deemed to contain too much fat and sugar, parents could be sent warning letters or their children’s meals confiscated.

So America, let’s take some lessons from Across the Pond. Unless, of course, you want to be denied healthcare some day because you’re too old.

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