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Utter FAIL in the Attempt to Argue Against Government Health Care

Posted by ALmod on August 11, 2009

This made me giggle more than just a little bit.

In a nutshell…  A conservative editorial decided to criticize the British health care system in an attempt to argue how us having such a system would be oh-so-horrible and of course went straight to the rationed health care and euthanasia scare tactics.  Of course, their point would be moot anyway, since the proposed reform would be nothing like that in the U.K. or Canada.  They have since corrected themselves, but before the edit, they wrote the following:

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

Anyone notice a small problem with that argument?

Stephen Hawking has indeed defied the odds when it comes to surviving ALS.  Most die a little over a year after they’ve been diagnosed.  Some might argue that it’s partially due to exceptional health care.  There’s only one small problem with the above argument.  Stephen Hawking is British.

That would be the sound of the British laughing at our right-wing friends right about now.

Now the fun part will be seeing who ends up repeating the editorial in question.

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