Editorial Fact Checking?

August 25, 2009

I have been fairly indifferent to the recent news debate about proposed changes to the US Health Care system and in particular the comparisons with the NHS.  However, it is probably worth noting that one of the key editorials which has caused so much of the ‘debate / argument’ was in Investors Business Daily (IBD) which stated:

“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.”

… hey it’s an editorial opinion, not a article presented as news, so there is no need to justify the statement or give any proof for saying that someone with neuro muscular dystrophy would be dead if he lived in the UK – the only problem was that in stead of giving an anonymous example they actually named the most famous British scientist currently alive – and that is the key – CURRENTLY ALIVE and he gives lots of credit to the NHS for that fact.

see bbc news web