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Republicans Antagonize Our British Allies With Health Care Lies

In this instance, it looks like the right is taking a page out of Bush foreign policy.

Hamish Meldrum, the chairman of the British Medical Association, said in a statement Wednesday that he has been dismayed by the 'jaw-droppingly untruthful attacks' by some American critics.

One of the most surprising of these was the rumor -- given an airing by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), a former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and now its senior Republican member -- that Kennedy, 77, a Democrat from Massachusetts, would not receive treatment for his brain tumor if he were in England because he is too old.

'That's just wrong,' a British Health Department spokesman said. 'The NHS in England provides health services on the basis of clinical need, irrespective of age or ability to pay.'