Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Right Wing Lies About Stephen Hawking In Hopes of Damaging Health Care Reform

There's no doubt that the right wing has been putting out a lot of misinformation about health care reform. Many people love going after the program that's set up in the UK and claiming that it's a prime example of why we shouldn't reform our system here. Setting aside the fact that the plans currently being debated are completely different from the one in place in England, it appears as though opponents of health care reform have to make up facts about England's plan to even make it sound bad. Here's what Paul Krugman had to say on the topic when writing for the New York Times.
And just as an illustration: a number of people have pointed this out, but here’s the latest in the “Obama’s health reform will kill people” news: Investor’s Business Daily — which poses as a reputable source of financial information — opines that
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.
That would be Stephen Hawking, British professor, who was born in the UK and has lived there for his whole life.
Now I think this is worth noting because it goes to show that the right wing can't find anything legitimately wrong with the programs being debated, so they have to make up things about programs that aren't even close to any of the bills being considered. Combine this with the fact that they are sending people to town hall meetings to shout down anybody who wants a true discussion and I think you get a real good glimpse of the desperate the Republicans are to do anything they can to prevent our country from receiving the health care reform that we truly need.

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