January 9, 2009

IT'S A SHORT STEP FROM CONTROLLING INCONVENIENT BEHAVIORS...:

Universal healthcare and the waistline police: We risk a nanny state contrary to American ideals. (Paul Hsieh, 1/09/09, CS Monitor)

Imagine a country where the government regularly checks the waistlines of citizens over age 40. Anyone deemed too fat would be required to undergo diet counseling. Those who fail to lose sufficient weight could face further "reeducation" and their communities subject to stiff fines.

Is this some nightmarish dystopia?

No, this is contemporary Japan.

The Japanese government argues that it must regulate citizens' lifestyles because it is paying their health costs. This highlights one of the greatly underappreciated dangers of "universal healthcare."


Appeal blow for doctor with Down syndrome son (ABC, November 26, 2008)
A tribunal has refused the appeal of a western Victorian-based doctor being denied permanent residency because of his son's disability.

Dr Bernhard Moeller and his family have had their application for residency in Horsham refused because of the costs associated with the care of their son, who has Down syndrome.

The Member for Mallee, John Forrest, says the Migration Review Tribunal decided yesterday to support the controversial Department of Immigration decision.


...to getting rid of inconvenient people.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 9, 2009 7:36 AM
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