Thursday, August 27, 2009

Health Care and Making Stuff Up

There have been a lot of awful things said on all sides of the recent health care debate and most of it has been a huge pack of lies, damn lies and things said by Fox News commentators.

However, while randomly reading the wiki page of Stephen Hawking, I came across an interesting paragraph.

In 2009, Investor's Business Daily (IBD) claimed in an editorial, "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." This caused widespread criticism, as Hawking does in fact live in the UK, and has received NHS treatment.[34] Hawking personally replied that, "I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS," he said. "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."[35] Eventually, IBD issued a correction,[36] but continued to defend the original editorial, calling the mention of Hawking a "bad example" and accusing those that mentioned their error of "chang[ing] the subject."[37]
So, you know what, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but I agree with Sarah Palin. Stop making stuff up just to scare people. Have a decent reasoned debate, but stop talking out of your ass.

1 comment:

Michael Lepore said...

Hell Yes!

I've been trying to figure out what the heck the whole health care plan is about - and I wanted to get a balanced view.

But its not like both sides are saying the same thing - so I think I agree with both of them - but clearly thats not the case :(

No wonder why our government is so screwed up - we can't get basic facts straight.