Stephen Hawking Lives

“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.”

So said The Investor’s Business Daily as part of an anti health care tirade on July 31st.

Thing is, Stephen Hawking is British and lives in England. At 67, he is the longest surviving sufferer of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ever documented – and that is in part due to the treatment he’s received from the NHS. Don’t take my word for it though; this is what the Prof himself said on the matter:

“I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high quality treatment without which I would not have survived.” — Stephen Hawking, August 11, 2009*

I don’t know which is more offensive, frankly; the inaccurate depiction of the NHS or the assumption that Hawking is American. I guess it must be his accent…


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