August 11, 2009

Hawking fear

I have no investments to speak of, and I'm not really a businessman. But I do know bullshit when I see it, so naturally this scare-mongering editorial from Investors Business Daily caught my eye. The subject is the possibility of rationing healthcare using a system other than our current Only The Wealthy Deserve To Be Healthy method:

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.

Okay, see the funny thing here is that Stephen Hawking actually is... English. Yet somehow he has managed to live all these years with a degenerative disease without some government bureaucrat deciding it was time to wheel him onto an ice floe and give it a shove out to sea.

However, under European Union regulations the IBD's anonymous editorialist might qualify as a vegetable.

Posted by mayor mcsleaze at August 11, 2009 04:18 AM

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You're probably richer for not having listened to IBD. They're the poor man's Wall Street Journal and (though it seems impossible) even less informative.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 11, 2009 10:49 AM

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