Saturday, January 24, 2009
Hooked on Coke
Earlier this week, a Swedish newspaper reported that a woman living in Malmö, Sweden will soon enter an inpatient treatment for her addiction to Coca-Cola. She claims her addiction has caused a variety of health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure.
According to Momlogic, local health authorities recognized her health problems but rejected her request to receive state-provided treatment for addiction. The Swedish Administrative Court of Appeals, however, ruled that the woman's addiction to the beverage warranted treatment at a government inpatient facility.
Leave it to the Socialist Swedes to mandate that an individual is entitled to receive state-provided care for a dubious addiction. The lady in question ain't "addicted" to nothing; indeed, she just has no self-control ... and she wants to blame someone other than herself for her sad state of health.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a serious Coca-Cola drinker, and by serious I mean I drink at least three Cokes every day. I don't have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or distemper. If tomorrow, however, my doctor told me I was suffering from one of those inflictions, and giving up Cokes would help put my health train back on the tracks, I wouldn't expect the federal government to help me kick my Coke habit.
I hesitate to inject politics on my foodie blog. But since we have a new president whose statist economic policies would go over quite well in Sweden, I can easily see some dumbass suing Coca-Cola for damages due to its "addictive" product ... and I can see Obama's Justice Department sympathizing with said dumbass.
"Pssht!" That's the sound of me cracking openening another Coke. I didn't want to, but them Cokes've got ahold o' me ...! Get Tom Daschle on the horn, stat!