Editorial: Socialized medicine kills people

Socialized medicine killed Charlie Gard.

This poor baby had the misfortune to be born in London, England and have a rare genetic disorder.

Doctors at the state-run hospital informed his parents that he was bound to die and they could do nothing for him. Like most parents, their reaction was to seek help from another medical source, this time in the United States where there is some experimental treatment available.

But no, the hospital sued and prevented the parents from taking young Charlie from their hospital – even though more than a million dollars had been raised to pay for his treatment in America.

The court battle ensued and Charlie grew weaker. A specialist flew in from the United States and said nothing could be done at that point to save his life. Had the case not been tied up in the courts, he could have gone to America and perhaps lived.

His parents reluctantly agreed to take him off life support and he died. The state-run hospital refused to let the parents be with him in his final moments of life.

In socialized medicine, care is rationed. The London hospital should have let the parents leave to try to save Charlie but they couldn’t afford to have their diagnosis challenged. What if Charlie had lived? They would have to admit that they were wrong and more parents and patients would have questioned their decision-making.

When you ration health care and there are no choices, patients die because they are poor, or because they are old or because of a missed diagnosis.

This is why it is so critical for Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare before it leads to single-payer, socialized medicine.