The Investor's Business Daily, ranting against end-of-life counseling and rationing of health care, warns:
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.
Umm ... Stephen Hawking is British. He teaches at Cambridge. His health is managed by the oh-so-scary NHS. I'm pretty sure that, after he showed elements of Lou Gehrig's disease (starting in his university years), he wasn't exposed to the elements on some mountaintop.
P.S. the health care bill before Congress does NOT mandate any euthanasia counseling either. But why let the facts get in the way of nice, fat, juicy paranoia?