www.nowtheendbegins.com/charlie-gard-story-uk-shows-exactly-america-doesnt-ever-want-socialized-medicine/ Charlie Gard ‘Death Panel’ Saga in UK Shows You Exactly Why America Doesn’t Ever Want Socialized Medicine As Donald Trump weighed in on the fight to save British baby Charlie Gard, Theresa May was facing pressure to intervene. Her spokesman said yesterday it would be 'inappropriate' to discuss the 'delicate case'. Without her support the US president would not have the authority to go over the European Court of Human Rights to try to keep the boy alive.
The parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard were joined by an ‘army of supporters’ to deliver a 350,000 signature petition to Great Ormond Street hospital calling for him to go to the US for treatment.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Think you want truly socialized medicine? Think again. Over in England, little Charlie Gard is desperately in need of top-shelf medical care, the kind only available in the United States. President Trump has personally guaranteed the needed care for little Charlie will be 100% without charge to the parents. Sounds great, right? Yeah, it does, except for one little massive problem. The UK ‘death panels’ that decide who lives and who dies have so far ruled against allowing him to travel to the US. In fact, unless a miracle happens, they are getting ready to remove him from life support. That’s right, in the UK the ‘death panel’ and not the family decides when life support is pulled. Still want socialized medicine? Pray that little Charlie Gard will be allowed to escape his UK ‘death panel’ captors and be able to flee to America for his life-saving and free treatment.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates said they were ‘overwhelmed’ by the worldwide support they have had in their battle, with the latest leaders to offer their support including Donald Trump and the Pope.
Today they publicly blasted the court decision to stop them from taking their baby to America for treatment at a protest outside the hospital in London because, they said, Charlie ‘deserves a chance’. This is what happens when parents are no longer in control of their children’s health choices:
In an emotional speech in front of banners supporting the terminally ill baby at Great Ormond Street Hospital this afternoon, Chris Gard noted that in the seven months his son has been on a ventilator while suffering from his rare genetic condition, he could have had the proposed treatment from American doctors twice over.
Mr Gard said: ‘We just want to thank you all for being here.
‘Over 350,000 people have signed the petition. Our special thanks go to, obviously America, and everyone in Rome, who are supporting us and believe that Charlie deserves this treatment, as he rightly does, as we believe.’
The pair also thanked the British public and the media for their help in the campaign.
Mr Gard said: ‘We are trying to take out son from one hospital, where they, you know, there are a lot of specialities there, and it’s a fantastic hospital, they do great things there. ‘Unfortunately, they are not specialists in Charlie’s condition – the specialists are in America, where we want to go.’
As Donald Trump weighed in on the fight to save British baby Charlie Gard, Theresa May was facing pressure to intervene. Her spokesman said yesterday it would be ‘inappropriate’ to discuss the ‘delicate case’. Without her support the US president would not have the authority to go over the European Court of Human Rights to try to keep the boy alive.
Miss Yates added: ‘There’s now seven doctors supporting us, from all over the world, from Italy, from America, from England as well, that think that this has a chance, you know, (an) up to ten per cent chance of working for Charlie – and we feel that that’s a chance worth taking.
‘We’ve been fighting for his medication since November, we’re now in July.
‘He’s our son, he’s our flesh and blood – we feel that it should be our right as parents to decide to give him a chance at life, for a medication that’s just oral medicine, no known major side effects.
‘There’s nothing to lose, he deserves a chance.’ source
House Democrats have asked the Trump administration to extend the open enrollment period during which people can sign up for Obamacare and Medicare health plans to account for customers who will be recovering from hurricane damage.
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have hit U.S. states and territories in recent weeks, demolishing homes and causing medical facilities to be evacuated. The Department of Health and Human Services has several tools at its disposal to allow people in these areas to access healthcare services more quickly.
"We ask that you use your authority to provide additional leeway for enrollment-related choices," wrote Democrats from the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. "Many residents are focused on securing their houses, taking care of elderly neighbors, rebuilding amid flood damage and ensuring access to food, water and necessary treatment and medication. During this period of response and recovery, HHS should allow residents of affected states and territories additional leeway for both of the upcoming enrollment seasons."
The Trump administration shortened the sign-up period for Obamacare's open enrollment, which begins on Nov. 1, from three months to six weeks. The timeline now aligns with Medicare's, but the House committee is asking that both deadlines extend into January. Democrats have blasted the tightened timeframe as an attempt to "sabotage" Obamacare.
The Obama administration extended deadlines several times during the first open enrollment for Obamacare as customers faced website glitches on healthcare.gov, the federal exchange, that prohibited them from signing up for coverage.
Some states that operate their own exchanges, including California, Colorado, Minnesota, New York, Washington, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, have extended their open enrollment periods past the deadline set by the administration.