Monday, November 19, 2007

British woman banned from entering New Zealand because she is too fat

The joy of socialized healthcare:

A British woman planning to start a new life with her husband in New Zealand has been banned from entering the country - because she is too fat.

Rowan Trezise, 33, has been left behind in England while her husband Richie, 35, has already made the move down under leaving her desperately trying to lose weight.

When the couple first tried to gain entry to the country they were told that they were both overweight and were a potential burden on the health care system.

Mr Trezise managed to shed two inches from his sizeable waistline to fulfil criteria set out as part of his visa application to work as a technician in the country.

His wife however has had no such luck and faces a desperate battle to shed the pounds before Christmas, at which point the couple say they will abandon their overseas plans.


"The immigration department can't afford to import people who are going to be a significant drain on our health resources.
When you live in a country that has a free market healthcare system, you don't have to discriminate against someone because of their weight. Maybe we should expand our immigration motto: "“Give me your tired, your poor, your obese, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"