WASHINGTON, July 2, 2017 — Britain’s little Charlie Gard was sentenced to die in the name of “dignity.” The European Court on Human Rights has decreed it so, “with complete conviction for Charlie’s best interests.”
So, you ask, who has standing before this European court to demand that its justices end an infant’s life? Britain’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, a malignant appendage of the National Health Service (NHS).
Charlie is not the only victim of this horrific brand of bureaucratic overreach. So are his parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates. It was their wish to exhaust every medical avenue before giving up on their child, who suffers from infantile onset encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. The disease causes brain damage and progressive muscle weakness.
Problems began when Charlie’s parents managed to raise $1.6 million to fly their baby boy to the United States to undergo experimental treatments. That proved too enormous an insult for a government agency whose imperial power includes putting desperate parents in their place by killing their sick child.
In 1999, Britain’s Labor government, which created the NHS in 1948, augmented the program with the creation of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a committee of two dozen bureaucrats who make life and death decisions for all.
Britain’s Independent blithely states the committee’s “bafflingly complicated calculations based on economic models” are designed to limit patient care and choice in life-extending pharmaceuticals. The U.K “is a poor nation that cannot afford to spend £10,000 (or even £100,000) on a drug to ease the suffering and extend the lives of cancer patients,” said the Independent.
Here in the United States, a land whose health care system provided a glimmer of hope to a desperate British couple, its Congress – a Republican controlled one at that – is having a very difficult time repealing a Democratic government-run health care regime, one that includes the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a 15-member panel empowered to ration health care for the nation’s elderly if Medicare costs under Obamacare rise above a certain level.
When in 2010 Nancy Pelosi told congressional Democrats they had to pass Obamacare “before they could find out what was in it,” that little tidbit was among the program’s hidden gems.
The lesson we should take from all this is that government control of any commodity leads to scarcity, rationing and, finally, death.
Example: The Soviet government controlled the means of Russian production, which led to rationing of everything and, finally, the death of the Soviet Union. It was a lesson lost on today’s starving Venezuelans and one that continues to elude clueless Bernie Sanders and his deluded followers.
Rationing is a red flare fired into the sky, alerting observant human beings to the dire realities of socialism’s coming deprivations and unspeakable evils.
Evils like the systematic killings by government-run death panels of society’s most vulnerable: infants and the elderly.