Aug 122009

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, here’s Guardian columnist Hugh Muir commenting on the ridiculous IBD editorial that warned about the hazards of the U.K.’s national health care system to Stephen Hawking’s mortality:

We say his life is far from worthless, as they do at Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridge, where Professor Hawking, who has motor neurone disease, was treated for chest problems in April. As indeed does he. “I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS,” he told us. “I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.” Something here is worthless. And it’s not him.

I propose that when Hawking and I enter the ring for our Stellar Smackdown (trademark pending), we both wear T-shirts with the words THIS FIGHT MADE POSSIBLE BY GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE emblazoned across the front and back. We’ll set up a web storefront to sell hoodies and tank tops that bear the same logo. Our clothing line will become the hottest thing since the trucker hat. Before long, celebrities will appear on PerezHilton wearing our stuff. And that’s how we’ll market socialized medicine to the American people. Watch and learn, Democrats.

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