Stephen Hawking responds

Yesterday, a publication that always fronts for the far-right of the Republican party suggested the following about famed genius Stephen Hawking:

“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 script … People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the UK, where the National Health Service (NHS) would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.”

Only, problem? Hawking is British, and gets his health care from that very system. Yesterday, Stephen Hawking responded:

“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.”

At some point, the media needs to stop with the he-said she-said reporting on these ridiculous accusations from the right. There is a campaign of massive misinformation going on, and the media needs to start reporting on that campaign as an orchestrated campaign of deceit, rather than simply folks who are angry about the Democratic plan. They’re not angry, they’re liars.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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