Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Socialism with a Personal Responsibility Twist

Here’s a novel twist; The British are suggesting that the National Health Service withhold certain services to those who live an “unhealthy lifestyle.”

Failing to follow a healthy lifestyle could lead to free NHS treatment being denied under the Tory plans.

But heavy smokers, the obese and binge drinkers who were a drain on the NHS could be denied some routine treatments such as hip replacements until they cleaned up their act.

Also, the NHS already demands that obese patients lose weight before receiving hip replacements.

What is the world coming to? The next thing you know, they’ll require everyone to work in order to be eligible to receive public benefits. Do you suppose that the virus of personal responsibility could spread to the U.S.? If that happened, what would become of the Democratic Party’s trump card to appeal to the masses?

Link in this blog:
NHS should not treat those with unhealthy lifestyles' say Tories