Socialized Medicine? Meet Charlie Gard

Gary Fouse

If you have not read about  it, there is a heartbreaking story out of Britain concerning the fate of a months-old baby named Charlie Gard. He is afflicted with a debilitating illness which the doctors say is fatal. His parents are not willing to give up and have received an offer of free treatment from a US hospital which has doctors ready to try an alternative approach. The family has received millions in donations to cover the expenses. Yet the hospital refuses to release Charlie to his parents so they can bring him to the US. Worse yet, three UK courts have decided in the doctors' favor as well as the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg France. (That's a story in itself.)


Here is an article in The Guardian in which the writer supports the decisions of the doctors and the courts and asks who the child actually belongs to.


To the above writer, I would answer that in the case of the UK, it seems the child belongs not to the parents, not to itself, but to the State. That is the result of socialized medicine in the UK. Remember all the talk about death panels? Here are your death panels. And this "expert" on US health care even has to attack President Trump for having a heart and offering to help by saying he is trying to "demolish publicly funded health care".

This is another example of a Europe that has lost its collective soul. Not only have Europeans had their rights of free speech and right to safety stripped away from them by their globalist governments, they now witness a desperate family having not only three UK courts rule against them and tell them they cannot remove their child from the hospital that wants to remove life support over their objections, but they have to have some European court in France tell them the same thing. Yes, folks, the final word is decided not in the UK but in France. And that decision is that death is what is in Charlie's best interest.

And you wonder why the Brits voted for Brexit?

I'm also not buying the argument about this child being in pain. The photos and the statements of parents refute that.

This is not what I want the US to become; a country where you can't remove your child from a hospital to seek treatment elsewhere, where you have the courts, the foreign secretary, and the prime minister aligned against you to say nothing of some court in France.

Britain makes me sick.

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