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Feel-Good Fatties

Kerrie at the Liberal Heretic (no relation) has an observation about the obesity epidemic:

In an honest post on Facebook, my partner Sharon pointed out that the generation of I’m Special, has caused a severe epidemic here in America.

We’re fat, ladies.

Not just a little bit. We aren’t thick, big and beautiful, or “curvy”. We’re huge.

What most amazes me, perhaps because of my age, is how people who’re morbidly obese still manage to have an incredibly high self esteem. The reason I say this, is because when I was a child, being fat wasn’t an acceptable state in which to be. It was seen as a lack of self control, or laziness.

Now I’m not saying people aren’t genetically predisposed to obesity, and there are certainly medical conditions that exacerbate the problem. But most of us are fat because we’re more sedentary, we eat crappy food, and we have this new PC form of acceptance for obesity. Such as the titles above. Read the rest of this entry »


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Obama Administration Admits Obamacare Will Lead to Rationing

From John Hawkins at Right Wing News:

Back when Obama was trying to convince Congress to destroy America’s health care system in the name of expanding government and giving Democrats more power, his administration claimed that there would be no rationing under the program:

“No one here is talking about rationing,” said Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office for Management and Budget. “What we are talking about, look at the source of that 30 percent or so in potential efficiency gains in the health system are from unnecessary procedures, unnecessary days in hospital, unnecessary applications of technology and what have you.”

But now that they’ve forced it through, their tune has changed quite a bit: Read the rest of this entry »

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Feds vs Salt

The Federal government is now taking it upon itself to regulate how much salt you get in your food.

The Washington Post reports:

The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products. Read the rest of this entry »

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More Joys of Socialized Medicine

From the wondrous, miraculous, and highly efficient UK socialized health care system, we are brought the case of an elderly woman who was taken of the waiting list for an operation because she dared to consult a private physician.

From the Daily Mail:

A woman with crippling back pain who has been waiting months for an operation was removed from the NHS waiting list because she had a private consultation.

Breast cancer survivor Jenny Whitehead was told by her NHS trust in December last year that she would have to wait five months before she could see an orthopaedic surgeon after a scan revealed a cyst on her spine.

Having suffered back pain since 2008 and unable to face months of waiting in pain, she decided to pay £250 for a private session with the same doctor the following week.

He assured the 64-year- old retired museum assistant that he would add her to his NHS waiting list for an operation to have the growth removed.

But she was shocked when Bradford and Airedale NHS Trust told her she had been taken off the waiting list because her private consultation disqualified her from any further NHS treatment under that referral.

With service like that, I am shocked and amazed and astounded that we haven’t completely and unquestioningly adopted that system over here. (Yes, that was pure snark.)

Hat tip: Van Helsing at Moonbattery.

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A Now for a Taste of Things to Come: Health Care Chaos in Massachusetts

Peter Suderman at Reason Magazine gives us a peek at the future of Obamacare by way of the current state of “market chaos” in the Massachusetts health insurance industry caused by government interference regulation.

Want a preview of ObamaCare in action? Check out the Massachusetts insurance market—which earlier this week entered a state of “market chaos” after Governor Deval Patrick denied a host of health insurance rate increases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Five Things We Learned About Obamacare After It Passed

David Fredosso at the Washington Examiner highlights five wonderful things about Obamacare that, as Nancy Pelosi said, we had to wait for the bill to pass to find out about.

A teaser:

One: No sooner had Obamacare passed than the White House discovered that someone goofed. Despite all of Obama’s promises and talking points, Obamacare as passed by Congress does not require insurers to cover children with expensive pre-existing medical conditions.

Immediately, the White House got an assurance from the insurers. After demonizing them for months as callous profiteers on others’ misery (in fact, the entire industry is barely profitable), Obama now tells Americans that they can trust health insurance companies to do the right thing out of the goodness of their hearts.

Read the rest here.


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Dem Representative: No Individual Mandate in Obamacare

Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz is demonstrating what is either willful ignorance of the health care bill she helped to pass, or a willingness to continue to misrepresent that legislation to the people. Take your pick.

From CSN News:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.) is insisting that the new health care law she voted for last month does not mandate that individuals buy health insurance, despite language in the law that plainly says otherwise. Read the rest of this entry »

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