[Ed. – Big Brother knows best.]
One of the well-documented problems with socialized medicine is that its establishment inevitably expands the number of areas into which the state can legitimately begin to interfere with your life. Big whisky drinker? In a free market, that doesn’t matter. Good for you. But when others are picking up the tab, they are afforded some right to ask if you would consider consuming less. The same goes for sugary drinks, dangerous sports, and . . . well, pretty much anything you can imagine. As I discovered in Britain, in countries with single-payer regimes, eventually almost any activity will be reduced to the sum of its medical externalities. No, we don’t mind in theory if you want to smoke cigars. But now we’re all paying for it, we’d rather you didn’t.
The news that the British Medical Association (which plays roughly the same role within Britain’s National Health Service as do the teachers unions in America’s education system) is looking to quite literally ban smoking should thus come as no surprise to anybody paying attention. Per the BBC:
Smoking should be banned for anyone born in the UK in the 21st Century, doctors say.
Delegates at the British Medical Association (BMA) annual conference voted in favour of a motion to prohibit smoking to anyone born after 2000….
Note the brutality of this proposal: The BMA doesn’t just wish to violate Britons’ individual liberty; it wishes to create a caste system in the process. Equal protection of the laws, be damned. We have an outcome to reach.