Investor’s Business Daily: "If Stephen Hawking were subject to British healthcare, he’d be dead" and he’s, like, totally British

And you would have me invest in, what? Rubber chicken hatcheries?

How House Bill Runs Over Grandma
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, July 31, 2009 4:20 PM PT

. . The controlling of medical costs in countries such as Britain through rationing, and the health consequences thereof are legendary. The stories of people dying on a waiting list or being denied altogether read like a horror movie script.

The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) basically figures out who deserves treatment by using a cost-utility analysis based on the “quality adjusted life year.”

One year in perfect health gets you one point. Deductions are taken for blindness, for being in a wheelchair and so on. The more points you have, the more your life is considered worth saving, and the likelier you are to get 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 . .

The British have succeeded in putting a price tag on human life, as we are about to.


4 thoughts Investor’s Business Daily: "If Stephen Hawking were subject to British healthcare, he’d be dead" and he’s, like, totally British

  1. avatar SA says:

    Here’s a link to the (Rupert Murdoch-owned reactionary rag) NY Post editiorial Sola was so upset by — and rightfully so. Rightfully, that is, if there was any truth in it.

    Here’s the money quote:

    “Emanuel, however, believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ’96).

    Translation: Don’t give much care to a grandmother with Parkinson’s or a child with cerebral palsy. ”

    Poor dumb bastard doesn’t know enough not to believe everything he reads.

  2. avatar toma says:

    Wow, what a rotten article. Obviously they love this ‘death’ meme because people are getting suckered by it, like the poor guy above. It’d be nice if Barack got out in front of this. He said out loud.

  3. avatar Paul says:

    You could write some long response to the rest of the lies and distortions in that INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY editorial, but the more appropriate reply is to just warn people against ever reading the editorial page in Investor’s Business Daily. It’s not just that they didn’t know that Stephen Hawking was born in England.

    Stephen Hawking who they claim wouldn’t have a chance in the United Kingdom was in fact born in the United Kingdom, has lived his entire life in the United Kingdom and lives there still today, at the ripe old age of 67. (He was in fact hospitalized earlier this month.) Hawking is, you might say, living, breathing proof that these people are first-class fools and liars.

    They didn’t choose an unfortunate example for an accurate point. They simply lied.

  4. avatar toma says:

    Well said, Paul.

    I’m not entirely convinced they’re only lying, but I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if they were. The net result for us, however, is that the proper lesson turns out the same. The writer, the editors, the colleagues and the atmosphere all conspire to produce the sorts of commentary that are so vilely stupid or purposefully politically deceptive as to make IBD essentially a pit of morons or vipers. You have no choice, you’ve got to stay away from a group of pathetics like that.

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