The Sad Case of Charlie Gard and Single-Payer Healthcare

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On Tuesday, the Senate voted to begin debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare. It was a close call, with the Senate split 50-50 on whether to try and fix the healthcare bill with amendments or to keep it as is. Vice President Pence voted to break the tie. Later this week, the Senate will have a “vote-a-rama” where any and all amendments may be offered and voted on. Conservatives will have the opportunity to offer reforms and vote down liberal amendments.

One important wavier that should be protected allows states to opt-out of some of the most burdensome regulations. Other reforms that can be passed improve Medicaid and allow consumer freedom in their choice of healthcare coverage.

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Why this Matters: Liberals will be pushing for a single-payer system. One need only look at Britain’s Charlie Gard to understand the fatal flaws in this system. Charlie is an infant who was born with a rare genetic disease. His parents wanted to bring the child to the U.S. for experimental treatment. The British system refused to allow them to do so. After mounting several legal challenges, the parents finally gave up their fight and requested Charlie be allowed to leave the hospital and die at home. As of this writing, reports are that even this wish was ignored.

This case illustrates the dangers of surrendering control to the government “nanny state,” who will eventually have final say despite our personal wishes. If you feel led to do so, if you have a Republican Senator, contact them to stand firm and push for the strongest conservative reforms possible.

How to Pray: For conservative amendments to pass and that single-payer will not become our healthcare. Pray for the parents of Charlie Gard. May they find Jesus and His comfort.

2 Cor. 1:3 – Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

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