from the department of “thank you for proving my point”

This past week has been pretty depressing, as the health care debate got fairly well mired in angry and flagrantly stupid rhetoric, though late in the game the President did his patented “Let’s not be morons, here, people” act:

But every round of hysterical caterwauling in our political discourse drops little nuggets of unintended comedy in its path, and here’s a particularly excellent one: Investors’ Business Daily, arguing against the adoption of a single payer system (itself not, uh, actually on the table), made the following embarrassing claim:

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.

— forgetting that Hawking, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 21 and has, apparently, survived longer with the disease than anyone else, gets his health care from… the British National Health Service.

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2 responses to “from the department of “thank you for proving my point”

  1. As a govt physician, I’m really excited about the opportunity to serve on a death panel! I can only hope it leads to the job I really want, which is a seat on the license-to-reproduce panel.

  2. sigh, you are right – we are a nation of morons. If only we were all required to watch the Daily Show… That would help-SRSLY

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