Obamacare, the NHS and The Choosers of the Slain

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Obamacare, the NHS and The Choosers of the Slain

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’être 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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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?


The Layoff bleg continues. with 9 days to go we’re $1840 away from the goal to make August dedicated to the blog, the new radio show (shows?) and events.

This blog is a venture in capitalism that depends primarily on readers. You can help finance this by picking up my new book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) prayer is now available at Amazon

A portion of every sale will go to WQPH 89.3 Catholic Radio) or show your approval by Hitting DaTipJar




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