Yeah, you probably know the name. A young male child, not yet a year old. One who has a likely incurable genetic disease. A child in the care of the State….Socialized Medicine.
A child who has been handed a death sentence by that same State. The State will no longer pay for his medical care.
On the one hand, this is likely a good decision. Under State care, Charlie will never get better. They have no way to heal him, no way to improve his condition. Likely no one does. The State has chosen not to spend more money trying to save a child they know they cannot save.
That isn’t the point.
The point is that the parents haven’t given up, and have raised through donations enough money to take their child elsewhere to try other possible treatments. And, if they can do so without cost to the State, they have the right to do so.
Failing that, the parents want their child to die at home, not in a hospital. They have been denied that measure of control as well. The State Knows Better.
However, the State has decided that they cannot do that. That they cannot have their child back, that the parents do not have control over the fate of their child. That the State has chosen Charlie’s fate, and the State, with people who (supposedly) know better and who have no interest other than financial can make the decision for the child. They wouldn’t allow any transport to other countries for possible experimental treatment that might (maybe, but probably not) save this child. They cannot allow anyone to know that their medical science is inferior to any others, and they must maintain that the STATE is all powerful and has ultimate control over the fate of a child once entrusted to their care.
Their decision is likely the logical one. Desperate measure seldom succeed. But there is no cost to the State for the attempt to save young Charlie Gard’s life. no risk for the State, no cost, nothing. Nothing but loss of prestige, and loss of control.
Thus they condemn a dying child to the trash heap.
This only works in a place where the People are disarmed, however. They can do this because the People have no recourse….no way to oppose the State.
If ever there was a reason to oppose Big Government, this is one.