When I read this Washington Monthly blog post "Stephen Hawking is Alive and Well" just now I thought something had to be wrong. I mean, people aren't really this dumb at the Investor's Business Daily, are they?
But then I clicked on the link and yes, they are that dumb.
In the article "How House Bill Runs Over Grandma" the writer, who doesn't give his/her name, claims that in the UK health care is rationed. Not the way I would describe it, but wait...it gets better.... After plucking some lines from the Nice (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines regarding quality of life (although no link is given, so who knows where the information came from?) the writer claims:
Well, it's a good thing Stephen Hawking doesn't live in Cambridge, England!
Oh wait. He does.
And was recently hospitalized, where he received excellent care and recovered.
My advice would be, don't ever take advice from the Investor's Business Daily. They obviously have never heard of Google, which is currently a pretty good investment.
P.S. One of the commenters at the Monthly notes that, if Stephen Hawking lived in the US, he'd never be eligible for private health care, as he has a pre-existing condition, namely ALS.