Health Care Punditry Of The Day

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

From Investor's Business Daily, we find this gem.  The editorial starts out by lamenting that Obama's health care plan will transform us into what they have in Great Britain:

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 movie script.

The U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) basically figures out who deserves treatment by using a cost-utility analysis based on the "quality adjusted life year."

One year in perfect health gets you one point. Deductions are taken for blindness, for being in a wheelchair and so on.

The more points you have, the more your life is considered worth saving, and the likelier you are to get care.

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.

Here's how you know the editorial board of Investor's Business Daily is either lying or stupid: Stephen Hawking was born in the UK and has spent his entire life there.  Yet, he has had, and continues to have, rather extraordinary and innovative health care.

Way to undermine your own point, morons.