New York Nanny
Nanny Bloomberg is like one of those creatures in the game Whack-a-Mole. No matter what, he keeps popping his head out of his hole to save us from ourselves.
He is a gun control advocate (yet self proclaimed defender of the Second Amendment). He has outlawed fountain sodas larger than 16 ounces. He prevented people from donating food to the homeless and hungry in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, because they could not verify how much salt or saturated fats were in the food. I guess that means that no one in the New York government is capable of reading a nutrition label.
This same man was determined he would have his New York Marathon in the wake of Sandy, despite the need for the diesel generators elsewhere in the city. How’s that for hypocrisy? He’s also an environmentalist, but environment and homeless people be damned if it means that he can’t have his marathon! He’s was willing to pollute to get his precious marathon. For the record, he ended up cancelling the event, but only under severe pressure.
He’s back at it again and he knows what’s best for us.
In an attempt to curb the growing addiction to prescription painkillers problem, he has decreed that the numbers of available painkillers in hospital emergency rooms will be limited.
Ultimately, hospitals will reserve those painkillers for those who can pay, meaning that poor and/or uninsured people may have to suffer.
In response to this, Nanny took to the airwaves: “Somebody said, oh, somebody wrote, ‘Oh then maybe there won’t be enough painkillers for the poor who use the emergency rooms as their primary care doctor,’” the mayor said on his weekly radio show with John Gambling. “Number one, there’s no evidence of that. Number two, supposing it is really true so you didn’t get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit. The other side of the coin is people are dying and there’s nothing perfect….There’s nothing that you can possibly do where somebody isn’t going to suffer and it’s always the same group [claiming], ‘Everybody is heartless.’ Come on, this is a very big problem.”
“We talk about drugs, heroin and crack and marijuana, this is one of the big outbursts–and it’s a lot worse around the country than it is here. It’s kids and adults getting painkillers and using them for entertainment purposes, or whatever field of purposes, as opposed to what they are designed for,” he explained. “If you break a leg, you’re going to be in pain, nothing wrong with getting something that reduces the pain. But if you get 20 days worth of pills and you only need them 3 days, there’s 17 days sitting there. Invariably some of the kids are going to find them, or you’re going to take them and get you addicted.”
I see the rationale, but since Bloomberg is not a doctor and really has no idea on how long pain may or may not last, and it may vary person to person. Who is he to decide how many you need? Of course, this only covers the emergency rooms. No provisions for going to your doctor and getting him to prescribe them for you.
This is one of the things that I am getting disgusted with, the notion that government needs to save us, to take care of us because we are unable to take care of ourselves.
I’ve struggled with my own addictions for a long time. Fortunately, I’ve never been addicted to illicit drugs or alcohol. Just nicotine, and I realize that even that is nowhere near as bad as kicking morphine or heroin. I’m not naive, but I am a strong believer in the government butting out.
Big government is not good government, and we have not had good government for a long time.
I hear people say “this is the government you voted for!”, but those who voted for it are, for the most part, happy with it. It is exactly what they want, but it is more government intrusion. Intrusion into your medicine cabinet, which is the first step into intrusion into your home.