The Corner

You Want Nannyism?

I’ve got your Nannyism right here. Via Jacob Sullum:

Here’s a story for anyone who imagines that government-run medicine will somehow do away with gatekeepers who deny suffering patients the treatment they need based on cold-hearted financial calculations: British doctors are refusing to perform surgery on a man with a multiply fractured ankle because he’s a smoker. “Doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro have refused to operate,” reports the Daily Mail, ”because they say his heavy smoking would reduce the chance of healing, and there is a risk of complications which could lead to amputation.” But at least they’re willing to give him morphine for the agonizing pain caused by the injury they refuse to fix.

Sullum’s got a lot more.  

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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