Popular conservative publication Investor’s Business Daily ran a piece against health care reform saying that the much talked about end of life counseling piece would have terrible repercussions and stated that people like noted professor Steven Hawking “wouldn’t have a chance” in such a system.
“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 great part about this is that in their rush to tell a compelling fairy tale they neglected to realize that Professor Hawking lives in England. When he was informed of the story he told a UK paper, “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.“
That reference has now been removed with a correction that says nothing about the implication but just mentions that they failed to point out that he lives in the UK. Brilliant!