Headlines of Today, Headlines of the Future

Headline of today:

British citizens who smoke, drink, or tip the scales because they’ve eaten too many fish and chips could soon be denied medical treatment for lifestyle-related illnesses. It’s a system the United States will be forced to implement under ObamaCare.

Great Britain’s government-run health care system, the National Health Service (NHS), has long considered limiting coverage for people with illnesses deemed to be lifestyle-related. In 2005 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the NHS’s guiding body, advised that smokers and obese people be refused health care. Now NHS North Yorkshire and York is preventing certain operations for the obese or smokers because they say unhealthy lifestyles lower their chance of success.

Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, told UK reporters, “These policies are being introduced because of financial constraints,” said Gerada.

-HCN

Headline of the future:

American citizens who do not meet the minimal requirements for mental health could soon be denied medical treatment for lifestyle-related illnesses. It’s a system the United States was forced to implement under the new mental health guidelines of Obamacare II.

America’s government-run healthcare system has long limited coverage for people with illnesses deemed to be lifestyle related, such as smoking, obesity, and firearms ownership.

Recent research has shown that some forms of religious belief, specifically the belief that the Bible is the literal words of God, have detrimental effects on a person’s social connectiveness, which in turns proves fatal to their health. While it has been known for decades that mental health and attitude impact physical health, this recent research has clearly proven that religious belief is one of the primary driving factors in mental attitude.

Christian leaders have decried the decision as religious discrimination, but the National Health Board unequivocally states it does not intend to discriminate against specific religions, but that these measures must be undertaken to control the cost of healthcare. At a recent press conference, the head of the National Health Board stated, “These policies are being introduced because of financial constraints.”

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