Death Panels: Socialized Medicine Ban for Surgery for Smoke and the Overweight

Aren't you just sick of corporations deciding what treatment you can get? We should just have national health care, Medicare-for-All, socialized medicine. And then everyone can get all the care they want without paying anything.

Here's how it's working out in the UK where survival rates for many diseases are much worse than in America. And where a hospital can order a baby killed. And no surgery if you smoke or are overweight.

The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire.

But the new rules, drawn up by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire, say that obese patients “will not get non-urgent surgery until they reduce their weight” at all, unless the circumstances are exceptional.

The criteria also mean smokers will only be referred for operations if they have stopped smoking for at least eight weeks, with such patients breathalysed before referral.

East and North Hertfordshire CCG and  Herts Valleys said the plans aimed to encourage people “to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, wherever possible, freeing up limited NHS resources for priority treatment”.

Both are in financial difficulty, and between them seeking to save £68m during this financial year.

But remember that death panels are a myth invented by Sarah Palin.

There's no way that the compassionate loving arms of Big Government Medicine would ever deny you surgery just because you can't lose 20 pounds to save a few million dollars. 

And he raised concern about the fact such policies meant patients were refused a referral without even seeing the specialist who should take such decisions.

Sure. The specialist might actually find out that the surgery is urgent. And this way a death sentence is passed neatly and cleanly.

Socialized medicine. It's like eugenics, but with more paperwork.