Now, I’m not a financial expert, but I’d like to give you a little bit of financial advice. If you’re investing any money following the recommendations of Investor’s Business Daily, I’d strongly advise you to reassess those investments.

Why? Because they’ve printed what may be one of the all-time great moronic statements in the history of the Internets, one so caked in ultimate wrongness that you can’t help but question just how they manage to turn computers on, let alone publish a website and financial advice. The context is in a discussion of the latest proposals for health care reform in the US, a debate that I’ve only been following peripherally, so can’t say how the rest of the article stacks up in the whole ‘truth vs oh-my-god-you-really-believe-that-nonsense’ stakes. (The article I got the link from seems to think it’s slightly bonkers overall).

But, let us cut to the chase and the idiocy you came here for. Strap yourself in and read this:

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.

Yes, someone wrote that, someone edited it and approved it to go out in the name of Investor’s Business Daily. Others have put it on the Internet and kept it there for well over a week, allowing the whole world to gaze at the stupid.

So remember – if you’re ever tempted to follow their investment advice: remember the stupid, and look after your money.

(Thanks to Mark on Facebook for the original link)

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3 comments untill now

  1. LOL.

    Of course Hawking is American, haven’t you heard his accent?

  2. Actually, a QUALY assessment from NICE today would probably conclude that someone with motor neurone disease’s worth is lower than someone who required similarly expensive treatment but had a greater ‘quality of life’ ahead of them.

    What the result of that would be I don’t know, and I also don’t know any of the details of Stephen Hawking’s medical care.

    The NHS does make judgements about the worth of individuals based upon bureaucratic definitions of quality of life – there is no getting away from that.

  3. But it’s also likely that a 20something graduate student diagnosed with MND would find it incredibly hard to get medical insurance and cover in the US.