Health care opponent lies getting dumber

August 14, 2009

The lies being perpetuated by health care opponents keep getting more ridiculous. I feel like there were at least halfway intelligent distortions last year back when opponents were emphasizing how public health care would lead to waiting on lines for gazillion years. But the lies coming out these days make that long lines hyperbole seem genius by comparison. First there was the completely made up “death panels’ from the person who insisted the media who should “stop making things up.”

Now we’ve got the Investor’s Business Daily finding a most unusual way to resurrect the old waiting line gambit and persuade Americans of how terrible the health services in the UK are:

“The controlling of medical costs in countries such as Britain through rationing, and the health consequences thereof, are legendary,” read a recent editorial from the paper. “The stories of people dying on a waiting list or being denied altogether read like a horror script…

“People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the UK, where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.”

Let’s see that again:

Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the UK, where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

Let that extraordinary bit of epic stupidity sink in for one moment as I remind you that Stephen Hawking is from the UK. To their credit, the site has made the correction and left an editor’s note explaining the correction. But that’s kinda the whole point of the article, isn’t it? A rather key example to prove the writer’s point was that Stephen Hawking would be doomed in such a system. . .despite the fact that he clearly is not only NOT DEAD but has thrived in such an environment.

thestupiditburns


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