- Category: News & Analysis
- Created on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 13:27
- Written by Stephen Hawking
Investor's Business Daily dragged the scientist Stephen Hawking into the health care debate saying the British system was "orwellian" and Hawking "wouldn't have a chance" if he was British.
Britain has a nationalized health service (NHS), and Hawking's suffers from the debilitating and progressing Lou Gerig's disease.
Hawking (who is in fact British) quickly replied in public that
“I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS.”
It has to be noted, of course, that the U.S. administration is not arguing for a British system (or what is called a single payer system), and it insists that it intends to keep private profit motive, private insurance companies and the special “choices” of wealthy people in any future U.S. reforms.