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There's a story out of England where the government is pulling two-year old Alfie Evans off of life support. England's Supreme Court ordered the hospital to pull the plug on the disabled child. But the parents are fighting to keep him alive and want him transferred to an Italian hospital where he'd receiving life-saving care. But the court has refused. When Alfie was pulled off of the ventilator, his father gave him mouth to mouth resuscitation and kept him alive. This is a tragic example of where rationed and socialized medicine leads. The court justifies its decision based on the limited medical care and cost to society.  But when government determines what lives are worthy of medical treatment and which ones aren't, it ends poorly, especially when that life involves a vulnerable child.



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