Stupidest Health Care Lie Yet
Investor’s Business Daily made the dumbest comment I’ve yet seen on the issue of government sponsored health care. The screenshot is below, but the money quote, so to speak, is this:
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 are praised for spending half as much per capita on medical care. How they do it is another matter. The NICE people say that Britain cannot afford to spend $20,000 to extend a life by six months. So if care will cost $1 more, you get to curl up in a corner and die.
Stephen Hawking has of course been taken care of by the British National Health Service his entire life, including over 50 years of treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which has a mean survival rate in the US of about 5 years. At 67, he is the longest surviving ALS patient in the world, and gives every indication of being good for several more productive years.
With fact checking like that, I don’t recommend following investment advice from these people.
Screenshot, in case they come to their senses: