Americans Using The Alfie Evans Case To Criticise The Nhs Are Deluded About The Realities Of The US’s Healthcare System
Cost was not the issue in this case, nor did it come down to unthinking, uncaring state bureaucrats running some sort of Soviet-style system to take over people’s lives and kidnap their kids
In all the many gut-wrenching aspects of the all-too-public case of Alfie Evans, one of the most sickening is exploitation of the tragedy by foreign politicians for their own selfish ideological ends. Exploitation, that is, made all the more objectionable for being based in a most profound ignorance about the medical and judicial systems of another country.
Understandably, the story of Alfie Evans, the severely ill toddler whose parents have been barred from taking him to Italy for final treatment, has touched many hearts around the world. The Italian government went so far as to make him an Italian citizen to facilitate the care his parents wish him to receive in a Rome hospital. That is a relatively benign sort of intervention, an expression of support, opening up options, while leaving decisions to the family, the doctors and the courts concerned.
Much less helpful, not to say impertinent, are Tweets from the likes of Mike Huckabee, former Republican governor of Arkansas, who says, quite simply, “government-run health care fails again”.
Oddly for someone with his political background, he chucks in a dollop of class envy too: “On the very day Brits celebrated the royal baby, the UK government removed life support system from 23-month-old Alfie Evans and stationed a line of police to keep his frantic parents from moving him to another hospital that would grant him care. A royal shame!”
What is really a royal shame is this vast well of ignorance that these know-nothings are swimming in. There are others, you see, no doubt representative of a deeply confused appreciation of reality. A Twitterer called “burnt Peacock” for example, who opines: “And no govt bureaucracy should be making medical care decisions best left between doctors and patients.” Or Steve Deace of the Steve Deace Show, who writes: “Want to know what the Death of the West looks like? Exactly no one in the UK healthcare system has practiced some form of civil disobedience today for #AlfieEvans. Rather, all are dutifully carrying out a ritualistic execution in broad daylight because the state says so.”
Someone needs to get these guys off their hyperventilators. Here are some actual facts that will help reduce their blood pressure and simultaneously improve cognitive performance.