Still think government-run health care is the way to go? Think again. Socialized medicine kills.
This is some evil big government stuff here. Straight out of 1984 tbh. https://t.co/0gbT375kma
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) June 28, 2017
This was brought horribly home Tuesday when two British parents lost their final appeal to save the life of their terminally ill child.
It ruled that 10-month-old Charlie Gard, who suffers from a rare disorder called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome should be removed from life support.
The court that made the final ruling in the matter was the European Court of Human Rights, though it’s unclear which human’s rights it was upholding.
Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, planned to take him to the United States — their last hope — for experimental treatment. But those hopes are now dashed by the court’s ruling. Instead of releasing Charlie to his parents, it ordered that he be taken off life support.
Below the parents describe that they can’t live without knowing they’ve tried everything to save their son. They maintain they would not be wanting to try experimental treatment if he were suffering in pain on a daily basis, but maintain he has been quite comfortable. And they should know — they’re the parents!
“The domestic courts concluded that it would be lawful for the hospital to withdraw life-sustaining treatment because it was likely that Charlie would suffer significant harm if his present suffering was prolonged without any realistic prospect of improvement, and the experimental therapy would be of no effective benefit,” a press release from the court announcing the decision said, according to CNN.
Even liberals, who traditionally support single-payer, government-controlled socialized medicine, were taken aback. Could this really be happening in 21st century Western civilization?
I lean left but this is horrible, there is no humanity in this decision. I can not comprehend it.
— Kanye_Trump (@Barack_McBush) June 29, 2017
Imagine having your baby in a hospital that’s intent on killing the child. Hippocratic Oath to do no harm discarded by doctors long ago.
— ZestyGardenGnome (@7kidchaos) June 29, 2017
I lost my baby brother 20 yrs ago. Parents spent every $ they had & docs gave their all. This is gov’t sanctioned homicide & it’s evil!
— BobbieJo Jackson (@ItsBobbieJoYall) June 29, 2017
— Cindy Spetalnick (@CSpetalnick) June 29, 2017
This is repulsive
? for Charlie & his parents
Govt has no place in running lives & healthcare
— LB ⛷️ (@skis416) June 29, 2017
Any govt big enough to give you everything is also powerful enough to take everything away.
— Ken Vincent (@kennethv_123) June 29, 2017
In 2008, the National Health Insurer Report Card issued by the American Medical Association found that Medicare — the best example of socialized medicine in the United States at the time — rejected a higher percentage of claims than private insurers — 6.85 percent, to be exact. The report found that overall, Medicare’s rejection rate was double that of the average for private insurers.
Things haven’t improved much since then. In 2013 the AMA found that Medicare rejected 4.9 percent of claims, as compared to United Healthcare’s 1.2 percent rejection rate, Aetna’s 1.5 percent rejection rate and CIGNA’s 0.5 percent rejection rate.
Last month comedian and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel praised Obamacare and pleaded with lawmakers to keep it intact in an emotional monologue, and used his own infant sion’s medical struggle as an example.
Kimmel obviously hadn’t heard of little Charlie Gard’s own struggle. If he had, his opinion may have been completely different.
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