At the end of June I wrote a little piece Yay for the NHS! that got one or two of my
American US readers hot under the collar. Now I see that has been repeated on a wider scale, with the American right-wing using the denigrating the NHS in an attempt to stymy President Obama’s healthcare reforms.
What surprises me about this debate is the extent to which the Right are prepared to lie to support their case. I wish it were possible to be more circumspect in my language about this, but it isn’t. When, for example, ‘Club for Growth’ claim that NHS patients can’t get treatments costing more than $22,750, that’s a simple, straight-forward and unambiguous lie. What’s more, they must know it is a lie.
Similarly, it is not true that 4 in 10 cancer patients in Britain don’t have access to an oncologist. Or that you can’t get heart treatment if you’re over 59. Or that Ted Kennedy’s brain tumour would have gone untreated because he is 77.
Just. Not. True.
I ask those inclined to support ‘Club for Growth’ and their ilk: why do you think they need to lie so blatantly in order to make their case?