Posted by Meg | Posted in Big Issues, Freedoms, Health-Care, Links, Must See, Socialism, Socialized Medicine | Posted on 12-09-2009
Tags: Democrats, dependence, health care, independence, Jayden, Links, NHS, public option, socialized medicine, UK
Not many people are aware of this, but it’s law in the UK that if a baby is born before 22 weeks – even if it’s alive and breathing – it’s flatly denied care.
It’s time to meet the real-life consequences of this brutal inhuman law, and the real-world consequences of giving up your individual rights to the government. This is the reality of turning over health care to the government; it stops being about you and your doctor, but rather how the government can save money, regardless of the individual consequences.
Meet Sarah and her baby Jayden, who was unlucky enough to be born – alive – only 48 hours before the legislated cut-off. Despite breathing, moving, and having a full regular heartbeat, doctors left the room and repeatedly refused to even see or evaluate the baby. Instead he was left alone to die in his poor mother’s arms. They were even going to deny him a birth certificate, so that he could be counted as a “miscarriage”, rather than a real human being who had been born alive, only to die from neglect.
In decrying the state of our nation’s medical care, liberals like to trump out figures that state that our infant mortality rate is so much worse than that of other developed – and even some under-developed – countries.
Don’t believe them. Jayden is proof of why those statistics are inaccurate. Why? Because Jayden, despite being born alive, will be counted as a stillborn, a miscarriage.
In the United States, not only would Jayden have been immediately cared for and given every opportunity to live, even if he had died despite every effort made by the doctors, he would have been added to the infant mortality rate.
Yeah, statistics look so much nicer if you don’t even properly count the babies who are actually born alive and breathing. It’s so much easier to make your statistics look better if you just let the babies die rather than risk having him added to your numbers of dying infants. Count him as a stillborn, it looks so much better that way, right?
Tell that to his mother, who held him for two hours as little Jayden struggled for life.
He most likely could have been saved. But by giving up their health care rights to the government, so that the government could take care of them as dependents rather than relying on independence and personal responsibility, Britons sacrificed their rights to make decisions for themselves. It was no longer about Jayden’s Mom deciding what was best for her and her child, but rather, it was about stone-cold unfeeling, inhuman across-the-board rules that refuse to acknowledge individual circumstances, all for the sake of streamlining care to cut costs and pinch pennies. There was no way out of that streamlined system so that one child could be saved. Even if Jayden’s Mom had all the money in the world, she wouldn’t have had the freedom to spend it to save her child’s life.
That’s the reality of government-run health care. That’s the reality of dependence! The minute you give up your independence in order for someone else to care for you, you give up the right to make decisions for yourself. You give up the right to determine the course of your own future and the future of your children.
We cannot make that same mistake here. A public option isn’t worth being shackled by dependence. Don’t even open that door a tiny inch, don’t let the government squeeze itself between a single person and their doctor. You give them an inch, they’ll take a mile. We’ve seen it everywhere else it’s ever been tried. Jayden’s death is now proof of that.
Don’t let it happen here. I’m begging you, do not let it happen here.