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.
Yeah, good thing he’s not from the UK!
Of course, if you go to that op-ed today, they’ve removed the quote – probably out of embarrassment. (Yes, I personally saw the quote in the article a few days ago.) Now, they have this disclaimer:
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.
And Stephen Hawking responds here.
Yeah, things have been heating up with the government health-care debate. Personally, I’m kind of a pragmatist on the issue. Maybe government healthcare will lower costs. But, maybe it will lead to reduced quality. I don’t know. It does seem like we should have at least some base-level of healthcare in the US. (I say that as someone who lived without healthcare for several years. I also know that medical bills are the number one reason for bankruptcy in the US.) One thing that does worry me, though, is the inability to even talk about these issues. Sometimes I worry for humanity when debates immediately get dragged down into dumb arguments and shouting.
The other day, some of my neighbors were talking about government healthcare. One neighbor in particular argued that government healthcare was socialism. And socialism was basically communism. And communism leads to everyone losing all their rights. (No, I’m not kidding.) For ten minutes he couldn’t help but repeat that argument over and over in various forms. I didn’t bother weighing in on the issue because I could see it was pointless.
Now, people are shouting down speakers at town-hall meetings. Do I think it’s staged, that these people are republican operatives involved in a plot to drag their feet and intentionally stop any kind of intelligent conversation on the issue? I don’t think they’re being paid, but I do think right-wing pundits are definitely doing what they can to inflame the public and provoke a reaction that shuts-down any kind of intelligent conversation on the issue. And I definitely think they are instructing republicans to show up and demonstrate against government healthcare.
Of course, republicans have been caught in the past staging fake ‘grassroots’ campaigns that are made to look like spontaneous demonstrations. Sit back and marvel at the games republicans have played:
See also, the Daily Show’s take on the matter (*clicking on the image below will open a new window):
Can anyone really deny that politicians and political pundits have secret plans to undermine the political system, that they are trying to game the American people – to get their preferred outcome?