Hawking: Ironically, My Death Panel Saved My Life


Remember how Investor’s Business Daily‘s editors went on and on about how if genius astrophysicist Stephen Hawking had been from a socialist hell hole like England, his health care system’s death panel would have deemed him useless and snuffed out his life–completely unaware that Hawking–a professor at Cambridge–is and always has been, a British citizen?

Well that subtlety didn’t escape one of the world’s smartest men. Hawking himself had this to say to his…concerned supporters…at Investor‘s: “I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high quality treatment without which I would not have survived.”

In fairness, though, maybe the folks at Investor‘s were thinking of a less eminent–and, crucially, non-British–scientist whose life the National Health Service might deem “essentially worthless.”


Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com