Brits defend National Health Service against US conservative lies
FAT, stupid Americans with no health insurance have attacked plans to stop them dying so easily.
That's just one of many salvos being fired at U.S. conservatives who have been taking liberties with the truth about the United Kingdom's national health service.
Bill McKay, a retired sh[redacted]kicker and Fox News analyst, from Kentucky, said: "I would rather replace my own hip using a rusty spoon than wait two months to have it done in a communist hospital, by some coffee-coloured faggot doctor who will then eat my unborn child to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
While the Daily Mash takes a humorous bent, many of the thousands of Twitter users tweeted their love and respect for the service, and some took some shots as well. The Twitter #welovethenhs movement snowballed and was at the top of the boards for days.
Exceptional staff & care for my now healthy 7 yr old son! 3 complex heart ops at £0 - same in US over $400,000. Thanx NHS
Clearly Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich never got the mental health care they so sorely needed :
The greatest gift any government has given its people!
If Sarah Palin lived in UK she wld have her foot removed from her mouth 4 free
I'm loving the #welovetheNHS tweeting. Been hoping for backlash against the blatant lies about it for months.
Surely cervical and HIV screening must be available to ALL patients in the US?
UK Prime Minister: NHS often makes difference between pain & comfort, despair & hope, life & death. Thx4always being there
only really rich people in the UK would argue against the NHS. Ordinary working people couldn't afford the alternative.
"if Stephen Hawking were british he'd be dead". He's British, and alive. American rightwingers are comedy gold
NHS diagnosed and treated J's mum's breast cancer quickly, effectively and successfully. For free.
The movement quickly moved to Facebook and was picked up in the United States.
While there is opposition to the NHS in Britain, some of the people being used as examples say they are none to happy to be singled out.
Britain’s Channel 4 News reported on Friday that two British women featured in the ad by Conservatives for Patients’ Rights said that they support the NHS despite its problems and were duped into sharing their personal tragedies by producers who said they were being interviewed for a documentary, not an attack ad.
Perhaps one of more moving reactions to the conservatives' attack came in a posting to the New York TImes blog piece.
I’m British resident in London. I don’t object to rational criticism of the NHS. It’s a national passtime here. I’m actually glad I also have private health cover as a back up. However, when I was laid off last year, I lost my old private insurance provided by old employer. My current employer uses a different company and wouldn’t cover my pre-existing condition. Now that’s disappointing but, thanks to the NHS, it is a minor incovenience rather than anything else.
What I vehemently DO object to is Republicans implying that British society, which is sending troops to fight and die in Afghanistan with your own is so sick as to countenance state sponsored euthanasia of the elderly and disabled. They are essentially comparing us to Nazi Germany. It is a national libel. Critisisms of waiting lists and the British model are fine. Scaremongering untruths making us out to be so heartless as to murder our own disabled and elderly is not.
— Martin Pratt
We end as we began with the Daily Mash.
Stephen Malley, professor of American History at Reading University, added: "To be fair to Fox News and the Republicans, they do have a principled objection to socialised medicine based largely on the fact that a black man won the election.
"The thing you must always remember about the American right wing is that they are basically the baddies in a film."