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An article posted on Investor's Business Daily made the following comments about nationalized health care:

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.

Of course, once it was realized that Hawking actually lives in the UK and is not dead yet, the IBD had this to say:

Editor's Note: This version corrects the original editorial which implied that physicist Stephen Hawking, a professor at the University of Cambridge, did not live in the UK.

They forgot to mention that this little oversight more or less invalidated their entire argument when mentioning they'd removed that little tidbit.

Hawking says he's grateful for the care he was received. Members of the the UK healthcare system are saying that these claims are completely false.

So the big question, in my mind, is where people would get such ideas. Of course, since Hawking is not dead yet, I realized that some of these messages must be coming from the media. Below, I have enclosed a clip showing the murky and sordid past of UK health care. I can assure that I don't want this sort of healthcare, either.

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Aug. 12th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't even have to watch the video. The title speaks for itself.

This is what pisses me off so much. Some in the media are just stupid.
Aug. 13th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Ooops, sorry. I meant that I have watched it, a long time ago. Monty Python can always explain it better. *snort* I don't think I have a physical copy of this. I must buy it.

The media is what pisses me off, especially some of those polls that have come out lately.
Aug. 16th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
I suspected that's what you meant. I responded earlier but then deleted it because I realized I misunderstood.
Aug. 12th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Similar claims are made about Canadian health care. But I'm still alive and so are my family members. Nevertheless, the 535 ring circus is fun to watch.
Aug. 16th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
I have talked to some people from Canada who have lived here. Their comments are that it's really not that much different. You have to wait a long time for procedures and other things. Even if you have insurance here, there is no guarantee they'll cover everything, but it sounds like they are more willing under "socialist" insurance.
Aug. 13th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
[laughing] Okay, that's hilarious! (both the article issue and Monty Python [smile])

Aug. 16th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it. The Monty Python thing was all I could think of after reading it. (It also happens to be my favorite MP clip.)
Aug. 13th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I think they read the headlines of elderly homeless and mental patients being abandoned curbside by hospital vans in LA and are just very poor at geography.
Aug. 16th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
You kind of wonder. I hear all sorts of things about people not getting adequate care in the US, especially those without insurance...never heard of it in other industrialized places.
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