Congratulations to former trade unionist Ken Douglas, who has lost 68 kg since a "stomach stapling" operation in December 2003, and now weighs a sensible 83 kg.
"Red Ken" paid for the $20,000 operation himself - but now, true to form, he is suggesting that the Government should pay for others to have the operation to get more people back into work.
A $20,000 intervention that is going to get somebody back to full productive work and no subsequent hospitalisation... it's got to be money in the bank for the Government.If there were money to be made, wouldn't private lending institutions already be competing for a slice of the lucrative gastric bypass loan market? Maybe not. No private lending institution can enforce a punishing repayment regime of 39 cents in the dollar, so the government has an unfair advantage. Perhaps "Red Ken" is right, after all!