Don Surber notes a stark contrast in how government healthcare values different lives by contrasting Charlie Card and John McCain.
While Congress voted to give Charlie Gard a meaningless U.S. residency, they just voted to keep a system that will segue into the National Health Service, which is the British government’s way of deciding who lives and who dies.
To recap, the taxpayers just moved heaven on Earth to fund minor eye surgery/brain surgery/cranial transplant for John McCain, then spared no expense to fly him back to Washington so that Obamacare can live until it devolves into the National Health Service.
Little Charlie’s parents desires could not Trump the wishes of the Bureaucracy not even one final request:
CHARLIE GARD’S parents say they have been denied their wish to be allowed to take him home to die.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who said Great Ormond Street Hospital had turned down the request, also claimed they were being rushed into saying goodbye to their gravely ill baby.
They say the life-support machine sustaining the ten-month-old will be switched off today — after doctors said earlier this week there was no hurry.
Oh there was hurry, every day Charlie lived was a day people say NHS’ and it’s proposed US cousin Obamacare for what it is.
It’s a far cry from the days when Catholic Religious Orders founded everywhere (Why do you think so many are called St. This or St. That?) As it is the from the actual reason why governments got into the healthcare business in the first place:
Infectious disease was the raison d’etre for the field of public health. While winning that battle did present some sacrifice of personal liberty — not just vaccinations, but also bureaucrats deciding how your food had to be cooked and your water piped in and your waste disposed of and your abode ventilated — the immense collective gains in health and lifespan were well worth it. Taken together these public health measures were responsible for more improvement in human health than anything else human beings have ever done. No, I’m not talking about the vast government insurance schemes now found in every rich country, nor even antibiotics, just homely old measures like vaccines and water treatment.
But that brings us back to the sad case of Charlie Gard, because the definition of public health has changed quite a lot since its inception.
It funny because we haven’t heard any democrats making fun of Sarah Palin for her “Death Panels” remarks since the Charlie Card case became public, but then again we haven’t, as Instapundit noted heard much from Democrats about the case at all
“The silence from US Democrats on Charlie Gard will never stop being chilling,” Erielle Davidson of the Hoover Institute tweeted yesterday. “Reason Dems weren’t asked about Charlie Gard is because every single journalist out there knows how bad their answer is,” Stephen Miller adds.
Here is the bottom line. Does anyone doubt for one moment that if Charlie Card had been the son of an MP or a member of the British Government or nobility that he would have been in the US for experimental treatment months ago? Contrariwise would John McCain have gotten the VIP treatment he did if he was the grandfather of the Cards and not a six term senator whose votes determine where billions of dollars are spent?
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