Government-Run Health Care & Your Right To Be Chubby

How fat is too fat? Don’t worry, the government will soon have an answer to that question and your health care will be determined by that answer. From TheHill:

Health reform radicals howl when it’s pointed out that the board’s true mission is to determine which treatments are “cost-effective,” claiming that language in the law prohibits them from making specific recommendations based on cost. But that’s just smoke and mirrors designed to distract Americans from the truth: the board controls a $1.1 billion budget and will recommend how to direct future research dollars. Clearly, cost-effectiveness is the primary metric the board will measure.

The legal language creating this ominous national board was buried in the stimulus package details that — we now know — nobody read. Four hundred million dollars went to the Department of Health and Human Services, another $400 million to the National Institutes of Health, and finally $300 million more to yet another nest of bureaucrats you’ve never heard of called the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. In all, $1.1 billion has been budgeted for “comparative effectiveness research.”

An interesting stand-off will be forced should government-run health care be pushed through by the ever stronger Democrat party: People schooled in “anything goes” and defined by civil rights, will be in the position of having to submit to the government telling them what they can do regarding their most personal habits. Already, these folks are angry. Already, people don’t want this. A new civil rights group decries discrimination and have already suffered at the hands of doctors:

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There are no U.S. laws prohibiting weight discrimination, and only one state, Michigan, has an anti-weight bias law. Legislatures in Massachusetts and Nevada have taken up size-bias bills, but similar efforts have failed in recent years.

Weight discrimination is pervasive, said Rebecca Puhl, director of research at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

An “obesity wage penalty” — larger employees getting paid less regardless of job performance — is widespread, and research shows overweight people are less likely to land a job or be promoted than a non-obese worker, she said.

“We do need to fight obesity, but not obese people,” said Puhl. “Individuals … who are discriminated against because of their weight are more likely to engage in unhealthy eating behaviors and avoidance of physical activity.”

Anecdotal evidence also suggests overweight people avoid trips to the doctor out of fear of being mocked.

According to NAAFA, about 70 percent of overweight and obese women have experienced bias from doctors. Others complain of being turned down by health-insurance companies.

Doctors are frustrated by patients complaining of wholly preventable health problems. Patients feel embarrassed and judged by their doctors so don’t get the health care they need.

Government run health care will increase the tension in the doctor-patient relationship–when the patient ever gets to see the doctor.

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