The Alfie Evans tragedy should be a wake-up call to any Americans who might be tempted to become complacent about the increasing role of the federal government in healthcare.
A single-payer, nationalized health care system isn’t a bad idea simply due to economic concerns. The scariest part of government healthcare is the potential for situations just like Alfie’s.
Alfie was suffering from an undiagnosed degenerative brain condition, and his parents wanted to fly their son to Italy for experimental treatments.
But the British government wouldn’t allow it.
Because the Brits have permitted their national bureaucracy to control the healthcare decisions of its citizens, they also had the power (supposedly) to decide what was in the “best interest” of little Alfie. The boy died several days after the government ordered his life support to be removed, and now his parents are left to deal with the aftermath. The Sun reports:
Alfie’s mum Kate James wrote: “Our baby boy grew his wings tonight at 2:30 am. We are heart broken. Thankyou everyone for all your support”.
Family friend Laura McKenzie said: “Tom and Kate really appreciate everyone coming and showing their love. The whole world showed how much Alfie was loved and we’ll never, ever, ever forget him or his name. No one will.”
Floral tributes and balloons were also left outside the doors of Alder Hey, which some of Alfie’s Army had tried to storm last week.
One card left by charity fundraiser and local celebrity Speedy Mick read: “Rest in peace, little Blue Nose. You shone brighter than the sun.”Another said: “Alfie you stole the heart of the world. We love you and will always fight for you. Forever in our hearts.”
One card read: “We fell in love with a boy we never knew. Fly high little man you’ll never be forgotten.
The statists in D.C. would like nothing more than to have that same kind of power over American citizens. They believe that Americans aren’t capable of making their own decisions, and they, like the British bureaucrats, believe they know “what’s best” for the 320 million people living and working in communities across the country.
But We the People aren’t giving up without a fight. Millions of people have joined the Article V Convention of States movement to ensure that situations like Alfie’s never happen here.
A Convention of States is controlled by the people and the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments that limit the power, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government. These amendments can restore the original, limited-government vision of the Constitution and ensure that the feds have no role in the healthcare decisions of the American people.
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Hat Tip: The Sun