Wednesday's HOT MIC

Wednesday's HOT MIC

Congress has given Charlie Gard, the sick British child the National Health Service wants to kill, permanent residence status.

The Hill:

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) said on Wednesday the House passed an amendment granting permanent residence status to a critically ill British child, Charlie Gard, and his parents to seek medical treatment.

“We just passed amendment that grants permanent resident status to #CharlieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs,” Fortenberry tweeted.

Gard and his family have been at the center of an international debate over whether governments can make life-or-death decisions for individuals.

Gard, who is a British citizen, was born with a rare genetic condition known as encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS), which makes him unable to breathe on his own, according to media reports.

The baby’s parents wanted to bring him to an American hospital for experimental treatment; however, Great Ormond Street Hospital in London said the treatment would harm Gard because he had no chance of recovering.

The U.K. Supreme Court sided with the hospital, and the European Court of Human Rights refused to hear an appeal from Gard’s parents.

For those who have not followed this story closely, moving Charlie to the US for treatment will not cost the British people a single shilling. Money has been raised to move him.

This is a very nice gesture by Congress, but I'm afraid the fix is in to kill poor little Charlie. This is not about life and death of a baby. It's become a matter of winning or losing by the NHS bureaucrats. And anyone who has dealt with the IRS, or EPA, or any other federal agency knows just how much government hates to lose.