How do people get this stupid?

An editorial in Investor’s Business Daily argues that Obama’s medical insurance reforms will turn the US into a Brit-style medical insurance system. That’s false, of course. And then the elderly and the phyically handicapped will be denied healthcare and will die. That’s pretty idiotic given nothing like this state of affairs exists in Britain. But here’s the kicker…

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.

Physicist Hawking was, of course, born in England, has lived his life in England and is now in his late sixties.

Stupid plus dishonest.  It’s a dangerous combination.

Update: If your thinking on this went like mine, you’d wondered at least briefly how the writer of the above piece and any editorial board they might have kicking about there could have made such an idiotic error.  Last night, Keith Olbermann suggested a very likely answer.  Hawking doesn’t have an English accent.  Yes.

Update 2: Hawking responds (clearly, the man is a socialist)…

“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.” Here

h/t TPM


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