…leave it to the Investor’s Business Daily to kick it up a notch to thermonuclear as an anonymous editorialist tries to criticize President Obama’s health plan by invoking the dreaded British NHS:
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.
I realize that many of you saw this quote over at Ed Brayton’s blog, but the searing stupidity of the above statement just stands out so much that I had to add my little snark too. Can you guess why? It couldn’t be because Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford because during World War II it was considered safer to have children there than where his parents home was, namely North London. Having lived in the U.K. all of his life, since 1979, Hawking has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge.
I mean, come on. If you’re going to argue that Obama’s out to kill the disabled with his health care plan and use as an example a national health care system that, to you, would have let a genius like Stephen Hawking die because of his disability, shouldn’t you choose one that didn’t actually–you know–keep Hawking alive? If you’re going to demonize President Obama’s plan as euthanasia for the disabled, perhaps you should choose an example that doesn’t backfire so spectacularly! Really, in his all-fired eagerness to demonize President Obama’s health care plan by specious comparisons to the British NHS, couldn’t this anonymous editorialist at least have gotten his facts correct? More importantly, given such a risibly stupid error, can the IBD give me one good reason why I should take any other part of that editorial seriously?
I don’t think so.
Anyone who researches that sloppily very likely also thinks just as sloppily, which is one reason why there is only one appropriate reaction to such idiocy: