Would Hawking Get Medical Care in England?

August 19, 2009 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

Would the British health care system have refused health care to the great Stephen Hawking? 
If he lived in Britain, would the British government have ruled his life “essentially worthless”, as quoted by Investor’s Business Daily
Is Investor’s Business Daily a reliable and factual source of information? 
Take a look at this editorial from Mr. Krugman:
 
The Swiss Menace
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: August 16, 2009

It was the blooper heard round the world. In an editorial denouncing Democratic health reform plans, Investor’s Business Daily tried to frighten its readers by declaring that in Britain, where the government runs health care, the handicapped physicist Stephen Hawking “wouldn’t have a chance,” because the National Health Service would consider his life “essentially worthless.”

Professor Hawking, who was born in Britain, has lived there all his life, and has been well cared for by the National Health Service, was not amused.

Besides being vile and stupid, however, the editorial was beside the point. Investor’s Business Daily would like you to believe that Obamacare would turn America into Britain — or, rather, a dystopian fantasy version of Britain. The screamers on talk radio and Fox News would have you believe that the plan is to turn America into the Soviet Union. But the truth is that the plans on the table would, roughly speaking, turn America into Switzerland — which may be occupied by lederhosen-wearing holey-cheese eaters, but wasn’t a socialist hellhole the last time I looked.

Let’s talk about health care around the advanced world.

Every wealthy country other than the United States guarantees essential care to all its citizens.
Read Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/17/opinion/17krugman.html?_r=2&em

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