Here comes another tale of heartache from the United Suckdom. It wasn’t long ago the world got to know Charlie Gard, the baby who died at the hands of government healthcare (see OPINION: Charlie Gard: 0, Death Panels: 1 and Counting…). Now single payer has another sick baby in its clutches: Alfie Evans. His parents have been fighting the government for the right to save their son’s life. They want to take Alfie to Italy to receive treatment.
Today, a judge landed a major blow to that fight.
A U.K. judge has refused to overturn a previous judge’s decision that it is in baby Alfie Evans’ “best interest” to discontinue ventilation, which will likely cause his death. The decision also means that Alfie’s parents cannot move their son from a Liverpool hospital for treatment in Italy.
Alfie’s case was back in court today after his parents unsuccessfully attempted last week to remove their baby from Alder Hey children’s hospital and transfer him to a healthcare facility in Italy. The hearing was conducted in the Court of Justice in Westminster before Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan.
The case ultimately revolves around the question of what a child’s “best interests’ are and whether courts or the parents have the final say.
This is the fiery bed the United Kingdom made for itself when it gave the government control over healthcare. Now, ill patients are at the mercy of the governing powers that be. Children included. Naturally, judges and parents have differing views on what exactly is in kids’ best interests. But only one has the final say. So the kid is dying.
Let this be a lesson to America. The UK is giving us a perfect example of what not to do (read OPINION: America is a Thing Because the United Kingdom Blows). When it comes to government healthcare, people are reduced to numbers. Reduced to how much resources they’re eating up. When the government-issued rubber hits the government-maintained road, the survival of the entire system outweighs the survival of individuals.
Now Alfie Evans will likely join Charlie Gard in a piling body count, courtesy of single payer. Meanwhile socialists will laud this very same system as a success. The dead babies are just collateral damage.