The Dom Post reports:
Momentum is building for more public funding for stomach-stapling operations, with at least four MPs showing the benefits of the procedure.
It is understood three National MPs have had the operation, which shrinks the stomach, dulls the appetite and usually leads to weight loss.
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia led calls yesterday to boost public funding of the procedure after revealing she had already dropped 13 kilograms and shaken off her diabetes just nine weeks after having the $28,000 operation.
So many MPs have had stomch staples, I’ve quipped to a number of friends that I have found the solution to the MPs travel perks issues.
Instead of MP gaining greater and greater subsidies for international travel as they serve more terms, they should gain greater subsidies for stomach staple operations!
So after one term, an MP gets 25% off a stomach staple, 50% off after two terms, 75% off after three terms and after four terms (by which time the unhealthy lifestyle of an MP will have probably made such operation necessary) they get the operation for free!
And the public would be far happier seeing their MPs get stomach staple operations, than getting subsidised international travel.
I call it a win-win.