“The controlling of medical costs in countries such as Britain through rationing, and the health consequences thereof, are legendary. The stories of people dying on a waiting list or being denied altogether read like a horror script â€¦ People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the UK, where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.”
- Editorial from the Investor’s Business Daily
“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.”
- Stephen Hawking responding to the editorial
Folks, I think a reasonable case can be made that the current reforms suggested won’t reign in costs to the levels that we need to prevent us from falling further into debt.
But these scare tactics about rationing and death panels are intellectually bankrupt and need to stop.
On this I hope we can all agree.
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