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Professor Stephen Hawking Enters U.S. Health Care Debate


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Blue
- 1898 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
"I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the National Health Service," he told The Guardian. "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."



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Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 2:49 pm
In an editorial on July 31, Investor's Business Daily warned of end-of-life counseling in health care reform by saying people like Stephen Hawking "wouldn't have a chance" in the such a system.

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.

In fact, Professor Hawking lives in England, where he has been treated by their National Health Service. And by his own account, it saved his life.

"I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS," he told The Guardian. "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 2:55 pm

International Health Care: Commenters Share Their Stories
Read the numerous stories from the the online community about peoples' experiences with health care outside the United States
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 2:56 pm

Health Insurance Reform Reality Check
Get the facts about the stability and security you get from health insurance reform instead of listening to industry and right wing hype.


* Nice work from the LA Times fact-checking common health care claims. (thanks to reader T.C. for the tip)


For some factual info on Health Care Reform go to:
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http://Healthcare­factcheck.­com

The only way to fight this is with facts
 

Michelle P. (262)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 2:57 pm
What a great story!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 3:06 pm
You Do Not Have Health Insurance


http://www.truthout.org/080709A?n

The Baseline Scenario: "Right now, it appears that the biggest barrier to health care reform is people who think that it will hurt them. According to a New York Times poll, '69 percent of respondents in the poll said they were concerned that the quality of their own care would decline if the government created a program that covers everyone.'

Since most Americans currently have health insurance, they see reform as a poverty program - something that helps poor people and hurts them.

If that's what you think, then this post is for you. You do not have health insurance.

Let me repeat that. You do not have health insurance. (Unless you are over 65, in which case you do have health insurance. I'll come back to that later.)"




So, thanks to Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Speaker Pelosi says she will bring a vote to the floor on single-payer after the recess. Are you all ready to make those phone calls and write those letters?


Nancy's contact info..http://speaker.house.gov/contact/

Send our speaker an e-mail of encouragement.
 

Nancy M. (62)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 3:18 pm
I'm hoping and praying that National Health Carebecomes a reality in the States. The system in effect now panders to the wealthy and profiteers. It is barbaric not to have basic human rights accessible. I hopeyou NEVER give up the fight It is your RIGHT!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 6:05 pm
A world renownked scientist comments on HEALTH CARE for every human being ... PAY ATTENTION!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 7:14 pm
The Hawking reference in the IBD editorial has since been removed, with this correction added: "This version corrects the original editorial which implied that physicist Stephen Hawking, a professor at the University of Cambridge, did not live in the UK." They don't acknowledge that the NHS has kept Hawking alive there.

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. ~AARP
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday August 14, 2009, 12:43 am
So Barack Obama is facing the fight of his life (another one) as he attempts to reform the US healthcare system. The "special interests" – doctors, healthcare companies – don't like it. The "birthers" – crazy types who hope to prove he is not American – smell blood. The danger, says the Investor's Business Daily, is that he borrows too much from the UK. "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 would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless." We say his life is far from worthless, as they do at Addenbrooke's hospital, Cambridge, where Professor Hawking, who has motor neurone disease, was treated for chest problems in April. As indeed does he. "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.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday August 14, 2009, 8:11 am
International Health Care: Commenters Share Their Stories
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday August 14, 2009, 8:12 am
From: "Health care system and health care reform in Germany"

http://www.bmg.bund.de/cln_160/nn_1169696/EN/Gesundheit/gesundheit__node.html?__nnn=true


This is the official website of the Ministry of Health and Social Matters in Germany

Quote:

"However, a health care system is not a "normal" market. After all, it places even more importance on care standards and service quality than other sectors do. Here, too, Germany scores high on quite a few counts:

* It is far easier to obtain out-of-hours medical attention here than in most other countries and, very importantly, this is so regardless of income or insurance status.

* Wait times for hospital care ... are shorter here than elsewhere.

Also, no such thing as "Preconditions" exists in Germany!

And

"Universal coverage

From now on, all citizens in Germany will enjoy health insurance coverage. From 1st January 2009, and for the first time in German social history, all residents are obliged to take out health insurance unless they are otherwise covered. Persons who had lost their insurance cover must return to their most recent insurer. This applies to the statutory and the private insurance system alike. "

Addendum: If someone cannot pay for his own health insurance (minimum wages apply), the state pays the premiums. This is a legalized RIGHT for citizens of Germany!

Don't opt for less, Americans! Don't let them tell you, it can't be done - because it can!

If we can, then you can, too. YES, YOU CAN!
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday August 14, 2009, 11:00 am
Some great information here, Blue - thank you!
While I hear people in other countries sometimes grouse about their health care, I've not heard a one of them say they would give it up - in fact, they all say "just try to take it away from us".
What in the world are folks so afraid of anyway?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 2:00 pm
The brutal truth about America's healthcare vs Stephen Hawking, who said, "I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.." And a student who suddenly found himself unable to move and had to be supported by his wife would not have been able to get that sort of care in the United States at all, let alone be kept alive and allowed the time to think that made it possible for him to become *the* Stephen Hawking.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 4:32 pm
WHITE HOUSE STILL BACKS PUBLIC OPTION
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 17, 2009, 11:08 am
Krugman: All That Stands In Way Of Universal Health Care Is Greed, Lies And Gullibility

Howard Dean On Public Option: "You Can't Really Do Health Reform Without It"
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 2:57 pm
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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 10:41 am

"Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care—to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter? Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America."

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Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 31, 2009, 2:27 pm

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Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 10:41 am

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