I'm with you on this one and struggle to understand why anyone would think it was even close to being acceptable!
Smokers and overweight people have ALL paid extra taxes so I don't see a "something for nothing" argument. (different for drug takers as they don't pay taxes for their habit).
In 10 years the number of managers in the NHS increased by 1% ... doesn't sound much until you look at 1% of the NHS budget of £9.8 billion being used for nothing to do with clinical treatments!! If money needs saving then maybe 1% of the management costs could cover an awful lot of treatments!
I'm sure the motto for the NHS was "Free at the point of delivery" with no caveat of "provided you don't smoke, drink, drive, are obese, have genetic issues etc. etc"
How does this policy treat parents who, knowing a child will be born with medical conditions, still go ahead with the pregnancy? Might sound extreme but looking at government & quango decisions recently I no longer think it's out of the realms of possibility!
The ONLY limitation should be that the NHS is open to people (legally) IN or from the UK are entitled ... all others should pay (either directly or via their government).
Time to put the soapbox away and get my breakfast!
Have a good day