I’m not sure if the article I read is more a reflection on government-run health care or the screwiness of proponents of “green” anything;  it’s probably a little bit of both.  I think it’s worth mentioning and gives us a glimpse into the future.

Being thousands of pages long and with the Supreme Court now deciding its fate, no one knows whether the entire Obamacare bill will ever see the light of day.  With all its complexities, no one really knows how medical care will actually be administered if it goes into full effect in 2014.  Proponents says we’ll all have a choice; opponents say we won’t have a choice.  Since I have no idea if anyone has actually read the damn thing, I’m going to say it’s all up in the air at this point.

Combine the possibility of Obamacare (and the unknown) with concern over our “carbon footprints” by some, this might be something we’ll see  in this country:

Eighty-three year old Avril Mulcahy, who visited the same doctor as a patient for 30 years at the West Road Surgery in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, was told she had to find a new GP closer to her home because of the “carbon footprint” she was leaving as a result of her 2-mile round trip.  Yes, 2 miles!  She was required to re-register at another practice closer to her home because the practice had a problem over her “green traveling issues.”

The West Road Surgery wrote the pensioner, “Our greatest concern is for your health and convenience but also taking into consideration green travelling issues.  Re:  Carbon footprints and winter weather conditions, we feel it would be advisable for patients to register at surgeries nearer to where they live.  We would be very grateful if you could make the necessary arrangements to re-register at another practice.”



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