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When Government Rations Drugs

In an irony, the British under the last Labour government created a National Institute for Health Care Excellence, supposedly to assure that drugs were equally available across the country. Instead, NICE (the institute's acronym) is shorting thousands of Britons from obtaining medicine that could prolong or improve their lives, according to a recent article in the Telegraph.

Examples include drugs to combat kidney cancer and a common form of eye disease that is a frequency cause of blindness.

Someone who read C. S. Lewis's dystopian novel, That Hideous Strength, may note the irony of a government agency called "NICE" that really is not very nice at all, but that ensnares the public in policies that are putatively for their benefit, but actually damage their interests.

It was called The National Institute for Coordinated Experiments in Lewis' 1945 novel, which is at least as good a story today (and would make a terrific film) as when Lewis wrote it.

Phillip E. Johnson, former professor at Berkeley's Bold School of Law, land John West (of Discovery note) have both written about the nastiness of NICE.

As Johnson described it a few years ago in First Things, the real agenda of NICE is first eugenics and then control of the population.

Keeping medicine from sick people is another kind of eugenics, isn't it? If true, it isn't very nice, but it's very NICE in either the terms of the Lewis story or, apparently, in the current health policies in the UK.

You can email brucechapman@discovery.org

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