The family only asked to bring Joseph home; but to do so would require Joseph to be capable of breathing on his own. This is why they requested that a tracheotomy be done. A tracheotomy is not a difficult procedure; it is not futile, burdensome or extra-ordinary. (Source)
This whole tragedy would have been avoided if the parents retained their proper authority in our current culture of death. And what stops the parents from exercising their authority in this matter?
If we didn’t have a socialized system where the $ bottom line is becoming the deciding factor on how to treat the sick and dying, we would not be having this debate. Why? Because the parents would have the authority to control what the hospital does, instead of the other way round. Who controls the money, controls the decisions.
There are thousands of people right now willing to donate to have this simple operation done on baby Joseph. Instead, we are dumping thousands of dollars into lawyers to fight the death panels. What a sick and twisted setup this is.
Give the government your money and you lose the power to make medical decisions for your family. In a Christian culture, socialized medicine is not such a problem and this tragedy could have been avoided. But in the current culture of death, it is not an exaggeration at all to call hospitals for what they have become: “death panels”, arbitrating who lives and who dies based on money and a utilitarian, “value of life” ethic.
If there are any Americans reading this post, for God’s sake, fight to the last man, woman, and child, but don’t accept socialized medicine. Don’t go our route. You’ll lose your freedoms over your very life itself.