British bans Doctors from performing surgery if patient smokes

Regardless how one comes down on the “strategy” of the GOP in stopping the forced death march of our healthcare the Government plans for us, Great Britain’s NHS gives us a glimpse into our future as to why we must stop it.  Once some bureaucrat decides who and what treatment are permitted, death panels are just around the corner. The Progressive’s view of an individual’s value ceases when one becomes non-productive. Those born who have little chance of being a benefit to society will have little chance for the support of life. As the amount of funds available for healthcare dwindle, the old and the young will be the first to go.

From Great Britain we get this:

Patients are being denied minor treatments because they smoke, The Mail on Sunday has found.

In one case a healthy middle-aged man was told he could not have a ten-minute operation to cut a small benign growth off the side of his  head, because of his habit.

Paul Merrett thought it would be no problem to get the inch-long fatty lump, called a lipoma, removed.

But when he attended King George Surgery in Stevenage, his GP said  he could not have the minor operation – which doctors often do under local anaesthetic in their own consulting rooms.

Mr Merrett, 46, said: ‘I was told, in no uncertain terms, that unless I gave up smoking or signed up to a quitting clinic they would refuse to treat me.  I was gobsmacked.’

He claims the doctor told him: ‘These directions are not mine. It’s not me refusing this treatment,  it’s the NHS trust.

An increasing number of local health authorities are refusing smokers hip and knee replacements, unless they go on courses to quit smoking.

And obese people are also being  told they must lose weight before costly joint replacement surgery, to increase the chances of success.

In some areas, such as Devon and Cornwall, smokers can no longer get IVF on the NHS unless they stop.

But this is the first time it has emerged that smokers are being turned down for minor treatments, where there is less evidence that smoking affects the outcome.

Read more: Daily Mail

This is a recording of Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, speaking at the University of California, Berkley on September 26th, 2007

Bottom line: The insiders know that the young will get screwed by Obamacare, that life expectancy will go down under Obamacare and that medical innovation will suffocate. Why are the college students laughing?

Here Obama says maybe its better to take a pain pill.

Jane asks the President if her 100 year old mother (now 105) would have gotten a pacemaker under his plan. Well now that’s a tough one … that costs a lot and maybe we will have to say, just take a pill. Priceless.

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