By Kevin “Coach” Collins
Suck in that gut and start working off that muffin top midriff!
The nervy Marxists who run our lives have given themselves the power to decide who is and who is not too fat to receive government healthcare benefits. Under a new law signed by Obama our medical records will include our height and weight and our Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine if we are obese by government standards.
BMI will be part of our permanent electronic health record and will be available for inspection “with appropriate security measures–on a national exchange.” In other words a clerk (union member of course) who was hired because he or she was otherwise unemployable could look at our private medical records and stamp “LARD ASS” on the folder jacket.
This change won’t happen right away. These things never do happen overnight. The plan aims to have all of this in place by 2014 in time for the Death Panels to use BMI to ration health care made scarce by Obama’s Socialized medicine scheme.
Cloaked in the official sounding name of “electronic health records” (EHRs) and hidden in the 2009 economic stimulus law, this plot requires health care providers to practice what these newspeak artists call “meaningful use” of electronic records.
In order words your doctor or any hospital or clinic, you go to, will be required to establish a BMI for you so it can be used in determining your future.
It takes one to know one .
Under these regulations we could have someone like the corpulent current Surgeon General Regina Benjamin who seems to stuff a lot of woman into her fancy uniform, measuring our waist and lecturing us about those extra helpings of mashed potatoes.
Presumably with a straight face, General Benjamin explained the need for such paternalism by saying “BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.”