Socialized Medicine's Killing Isn't Just About Money, But Power

While Dems in America vie among themselves to state ever more exaggerated figures of how many Americans will die because of the repeal of ObamaCare, in the UK socialized medicine will once again kill, not because of a lack of care, but because that is how the system works.

The judges of the European Court of Human Rights have nullified the passage from the “right to die”, in which parents have the last word on the life of their sick child, to the ancient “duty to die”

It is the sad fate of Charlie Gard, an infant who has been sentenced to death by the European and British judges against the will of his father and mother, who wanted to bring him to the United States to try to cure him of a rare disease with which he was born. The court ruled that he must stay in England where doctors have decided to take him off life support and refuse to allow his parents to take him home to die.

This is what socialized medicine looks like.

Charlie Gard's bereft parents have blasted his 'heartless' doctors who have refused to let him come home to die, MailOnline can reveal today.

Connie Yates and Chris Gard have been told by Great Ormond Street their son's life support will be switched off later today but he cannot leave the ward.

The couple's 'final wish' for Charlie has been blocked and his mother Connie said yesterday in a video for MailOnline: 'We promised our little boy every single day that we would take him home'.

Mr Gard added: 'We want to give him a bath at home, put him in a cot which he has never slept in but we are now being denied that. We know what day our son is going to die but don't get a say in how that will happen.'

They have also released a heartbreaking photograph of them lying with Charlie between them and said they were 'spending our last precious hours with our baby boy'.

His father Chris, 32, said: 'Our parental rights have been stripped away. We can't even take our own son home to die. We've been denied that. Our final wish if it all went against us can we take our little boy home to die and we are not allowed.

'They even said no to a hospice.'

The couple, who have previously lost battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, claim they also asked doctors to allow them a final weekend with Charlie but say this request has been denied.

'We begged them to give us the weekend,' Ms Yates said, 'Friends and family wanted to come and see Charlie for the last time. But now there isn't even time for that. Doctors said they would not rush to turn off his ventilator but we are being rushed.

'Not only are we not allowed to take our son to an expert hospital to save his life, we also can't choose how or when our son dies.'

Much has been written about the death panels and the inevitable way that socialized medicine demands rationing. And this is indeed what it looks when the rationing doesn't come from the market, but from the system. 

But it's not just about money. It's about power.

It would have cost the NHS less to allow his parents to take Charlie to America. This wasn't, as everyone in the chain of government bureaucracy insists, about compassion. 

Taking Charlie to America would have been a bad example. It would send the message that socialized medicine is flawed. That, like Soviets sneaking over to get Western goodies, Brits have to come to America to get the health care they can't get at home. There's truth to that, in the UK and Canada, just as Americans go to Mexico to dodge certain restrictions in America, but it can't be discussed.

And worse still, it deprives the system of power. It says that some ordinary couple who put things on the internet have the right to override the judgment of the professionals.

Nothing is more offensive to a technocracy than that. Such thinking must be stamped out. Firmly.

Charlie had to be killed. His parents had to be deprived of every right. Every plea had to be rejected. Partly as payback, but also to make a point about the power relationship.

In a free market system, the patient is a client. He has some power. Under socialized medicine, he is a ward. He has no power. He must submit.

Socialized medicine's culture of death isn't about money. It's about power. That's what all Socialism is in the end. 

And we must never think for a moment that it's any different here. 

As Orwell's O'Brien said, "The purpose of power is power." The purpose of Socialism is power. The purpose of Socialized medicine is power. 

And how better to know that power than through death. The system will kill Charlie to know its power. It will kill him to show its power. It will kill him as a warning to others. It will do so with the compassion that tyrannies that are not yet confident enough to show their teeth do. But it will do it nonetheless.

The purpose of power is not compassion. It is power.