The move would be enforced by the use of smart cards, which would record every time a person checked in to a public leisure center.
Here's the thing about free health care, once you get it, you are no longer free. The cost of free health care is too much for both the giver and the receiver. The giver tries to find ways to cut the cost of free health care by rationing how much the giver receives and by trying to control the giver's behavior so that he needs less health care. The cost of free health care for the giver is the economy. The cost of free health care for the receiver is his freedom.
And remember what is policy in Europe today, will be policy in America in 5-10 years, if the left maintains its grip on power in this country.
In a move proposed by the Westminster council, obese claimants could see their benefits reduced or increased according to how often they attempt to work out.
The measures are advocated with the idea that preventative health measures will save lives and money. Westminster council leader Philippa Roe said, "This report contains exactly the sort of bright, forward-thinking and radical ideas that need to be looked at," according to BBC.
Radical ideas are always a good sign.
Indeed, because obesity increases the risk of various conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and dementia, the Department of Health estimates that it adds a burden of £5.1 billion, or about $8.3 billion. This cost is only set to increase; according to Reuters, the United Kingdom is the fifth most obese country in the world.
And well 8.3 billion dollars buys a whole lot of Orwellianism.
The proposal was contained in a report called A Dose of Localism: The Role of Council in Public Health, and contained measures like allowances for physicians to prescribe swimming lessons or fitness classes. The move would be enforced by the use of smart cards, which would record every time a person checked in to a public leisure center.
Alex Thomson, the chief executive of the think tank Localis, said that the law would discriminate against people who choose to exercise in private. "Even if you check into the pool how will they know if you just sit and have a latte in the café instead?" he inquired.
Or if he gave the smart card to someone else instead. So there will need to ankle bracelets with GPS tracking on everyone with built in heart rate monitors. It will save lives and money. And make 1984 real.