Health Care Nanny State

As Ed Morrissey at Hot Air put it … he who pays the piper calls the tune and when it comes to universal health care the state … not you will call the tune and not just on health coverage but what you eat too. Exhibit number one … this post at Hot Air.

The pragmatic reason for opposing a nationalized health service arises naturally from the fact that they just don’t work well, as we have seen in Canada and in the UK.  Philosophically, opponents of single-payer health care worry that once the government pays for our medical care, it will have the authority to dictate lifestyle choices to its citizens subjects day-care denizens.  Paul Hsieh points out how this has already begun to happen in Japan for the Christian Science Monitor:

Need more proof … this article at the Boston Globe … Ugg.

The administration’s battle against bulging waistlines also calls for public schools to measure the height and weight of first-, fourth-, seventh-, and 10th-graders and calculate whether a child is overweight.

The finding would be sent home with students along with detailed advice on eating better and exercising more, with the goal of reducing the incidence of health conditions once almost unheard of in the young, including type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.

How does Universal Health Care sound now … hmmmm?