Meanwhile, we've been treated to the spectacle of people showing up at health care town halls to demand that the government stay out of Medicare. Yes, you've got that right: some of your fellow citizens don't understand that the federal government provides health insurance to all Americans over 65. It's single-payer insurance for our older citizens.
Lastly, a friend called to my attention the spectacle of an editorial making the claim that under the British health care system, which rations health care in various conscious ways (unlike the US, where we ration irrationally and with no transparency), the physicist Stephen Hawking, who has had amyotropic lateral sclerosis for many years, "wouldn't have had a chance" under British health care.
Dear editorialist: Do your homework. Hawking, the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, was born in Oxford and has lived in Great Britain for his entire life. He has clearly gotten excellent health care.