My favourite lie from the US healthcare industry was the one about how Professor Stephen Hawking would have been left on the scrapheap by one of these NHS 'death panels' if he'd lived in the UK, as his condition would have made his life worthless.
Completely ignoring the fact that Prof Hawking, despite his accent, has lived in the UK all his life and is demonstrably still with us. But why should little things like facts get in the way of a good lie? Hopi Sen keeps abreast of the news.
The opponents then came back and said that of course Prof Hawking was OK - he was a brilliant man and a Cambridge don. What about the ordinary sufferers? According to Hugh Muir at the Guardian Diary, there are thousands of sufferers who receive fine care from the NHS and haven't yet been thrown to the wolves by the government bureaucrats.