The first, which brought my attention to it all was the Stephen Hawking mistake. The one where the obviously anti-national healthcare "Investors Business Daily" editorial remarked, amongst other scaremongering:
“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,”
After a couple of weeks it was eventually pointed out that Hawking was born in England, lived all his life in England, and was treated under the NHS, and nearly 50 years after being given just 2 or 3 years to live (and it is very uncommon for people to survive 10yrs from diagnosis of his condition) he is still alive. When he was asked about all this he commented “I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.”
Looks like that remark is now dead in the water, and the editorial has mysteriously been changed.
The other thing which I find fascinating is where on earth did the idea that implementing a national funded healthcare service meant that the old, ill and disabled would be killed, eaten or otherwise euthanised. OK, I know the answer to that is the conservative scaremongers, the question is how on earth is there anyone "stupid" enough to actually believe it and take it seriously. This comment on a blog post is one such example (complete with bad spelling - at least he admits in his name that the is a Redneck and proud of it)
Well, if this Obama health care passes one day you will set down to Thanksgiving dinner and the woman of the house will put something in the center of the table. What’s this? you will ask. Then people will say all together, It’s Grandpa!
And if you’re getting on in years and you happen to walk toward a bunch of young people looking kind of hungry, best get out of there while you can.
And don’t ever let them check you in to a hospitle. There’s hearses parked in the basement just waiting for them to give you a little shot.
Anyhow, I ain’t entrusted in paying for anybody’s doctoring but my own and my kin’s. If God had of wanted everybody to get a Dr. and live a long time, you would of been born with a little insurance policy in your hand. It’s a jungle out there and only the people fit to live will survive. If this Obamacare passes we will be getting in the way of God’s Plan. This Sister Souljah sounds like my kind of Dr.–a good Conservative one that knows how things are suppose to work.
Have a good p.m. everybody.
And that is not anywhere near the most extreme one I have seen.... Last time I checked the UK recently had the world's oldest man (113) and the second oldest man in Europe (111) (who became the oldest for a week between the death of the oldest man and himself). The Queen is apparently stopping the long-standing tradition of sending cards/telegrams to people on their 100th birthdays as there are just so many of them now it is becoming devalued. I can't see how that is happening by killing all old people. Actually, our country's biggest problem in care at the moment is that people are starting to live too long on average, and so there are more people alive for longer after retirement which is a drain on the resources, and the government want to raise the retirement age to counteract this.
When I worked I earned c.£1170 per month which after tax became about £970. Within this £200 tax would be my contributions towards the funding of the NHS along with all the other money spent by the government - schools and education (which I have no use for personally now, but I still pay regardless), road and transport, statutory pensions, and so on. Even if you say that half (£100) went to the NHS that is only £1200 per year I was contributing to my health care. That in USD is about $2000 a year. Many of those fortunate to have insurance in the US can pay this every month for basic(ish) cover.