One of the chief dangers of government run healthcare is that they will take an interest in everything you do and everything you consume. You see, if I am responsible for paying for your healthcare, there is no way I would let you have a poor diet, or would let you participate in risky activities. Because with the government running things it is no longer you who are responsible for your health but all of us.This basic concept was absent from most of the lively debate about Obamacare when it took place. From the story:
“A spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down. But it also makes blood pressure and cholesterol go up, along with your risk for liver failure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Sugar and other sweeteners are, in fact, so toxic the the human body that they should be regulated as strictly as alcohol by governments worldwide, according to a commentary in the current issue of the journal Nature by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).”
So now, as step number one on the way to the all encompassing nanny-state, a researcher in San Francisco, no surprise there, says that he thinks sugar is so bad for us they:
“...propose regulations such as taxing all foods and drinks that include added sugar, banning sales in or near schools and placing age limits on purchases.”
It then makes perfect sense that rather than let everyone make their own decisions about what to eat and drink, because we all see how that turned out, the government should step in and decide for you. Because we are all, of course, nothing but children to be taken care of by our betters in Washington, D.C.
If you are curious about where this leads look no further than New York City, that shining example of paternalism led by Papa Mike Bloomberg, who cares SO much for his serfs, I mean citizens, he has implemented a ban on trans fats, and is pushing a ban on the use of salt in restaurants. He also pushed for a ban on buying soda with food stamps.
As the nations do-gooders get into full swing, expect to see bans on butter, meat and cheese, as well as on various “unhealthy” or risky activities like skiing, sky diving, riding motorcycles, and scuba diving.
Of course, they will ignore the number one killer of most people in the 20th century - their own governments.