More on idiotic NHS-bashing


Encouraged by people like Dan Hannan, it is becoming accepted practice amongst American right-wingers to point to the dangers of setting up a health system in any way similar to the British NHS.

Even apparently serious publications like Investor’s Business Daily are joining in the anti-socialised health care jamboree.

A recent editorial – soberly entitled ‘How House Bill Runs Over Grandma’ – claimed:

“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.”

Unfortunately for Investor’s Business Daily Stephen Hawking is both British and a fan of the NHS. As he told the Guardian

“I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.”

It seems that the editorial has been changed. It now comes with the following correction:

“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.”

That’s not the whole story though, eh? Not only did the original editorial imply that he isn’t British; it also suggested that the NHS would have wanted to bump him off. A clear lie!

So, dear American cousins, please stop believing any old rubbish about our National Health Service, as there are obviously a number of crude misrepresentations of the NHS circulating your media at the moment.


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