This is the second outstanding comment on the Charlie Gard post, and it boldly ventures into the ethics jungle of euthanasia. The discussion must go there, for if society has limited resources, and we have more limited resources than Paul Krugman and Bernie Sanders admit, then when people use up their allotted portion, they either have to die or someone else has to pick up the bill. The recent surge in popularity for single-payer health care is due in part to the old saw about how soldiers think when going into battle. It’s everyone else who’s at risk, not you. Or as my dad liked to put it, “Gee, I’m going to miss those other guys!”
Increasingly, as I get older and think about how different my family’s life would be if both Mom and Dad hadn’t contrived to pop off quickly after relatively short illnesses and minimal hospitalization, I see the same consideration in planning for my loved ones. I don’t want to waste my son’s inheritance to pay for the last and worst years of my life; indeed, I think it would be unconscionable to do so. However, that needs to be my choice, not the Death Panel’s.
Here is Mrs Q’s Comment Of The Day on the post, “Observations On Britain’s Charlie Gard Ethics Fiasco”:
When medical care is socialized, nihilism & scientism combine to control those who can be useful to the state & those who need to be eliminated from it.
Dutch lawmakers are looking at a Completed Life Bill that would allow those 75+ in age to choose medical euthanasia. The lawmaker pushing the bill, Alexander Pechtold, said it would allow the Netherlands to…
“take the next step for our civilization.”
And what step is that exactly?
The Gard case highlights the dark workings of Marxism for what it is by defining life in terms of how much of a burden it supposedly is to others. That the “greater good” is better served when certain people s lives are considered “complete.”
Baby Gard, as Jack noted, cannot continue to be a financial burden in the context of socialized medicine because in such a paradigm, there are not enough resources to support all of those represented by it. Remember socialism ALWAYS promises more than it can ever deliver and always spends more than it has.
I love it when people tell me how great the health care in France is, while many there complain the immigrants are a drain on the system because they have not put their money into it for years. Or Canada, where our friends cannot afford private insurance and go without certain medications & treatments because they’re not covered by state. Or Europe, where rates of Downs Syndrome are jarringly low because doctors have advocated so severely for abortion of these unborn, that in some countries it has literally been years since such a child has been born.
It’s called eugenics and it will only get worse as we “evolve” to that *next step* Pechtold mentioned. How this stuff still isn’t seen as maniacal, genocidal, and homicidal is because of PR spin & appeals to “progress.”
The UK stopping these parents from being free to spend their money and attempt to treat their child epitomizes the state over-stepping its proper place in people’s personal lives.
The other day I said to my wife “it’s almost as if babies are being sacrificed to Moloch again.” She said “Again? Not sure it ever stopped.” In a way she might be right.