The set up and the question (boldface mine):
But my sister’s grandchild, the “apple of her eye”, just died. She was ten. All of ten years old.
She had the flu, you see. The doctor wasn’t concerned. And since her Mom and Dad had no insurance, she was just another one of those Pains In the Butt. Go home, Kid, and lump it. A couple of days later, Mom and Dad were really getting worried. She was blue around her mouth and nose. She said she couldn’t breathe. She couldn’t pee, either.
The second doctor that saw her said it was the “worst kidney infection he’d ever seen”. Gave her some antibiotic samples and sent her home. That was just yesterday, at 3:30. She died today just after noon, with a helicopter trying to get there in time and a young doctor in the ER doing everything he could think of for a little girl that told him, “I trust you. I see in your eyes you’re a good person. You will help me”. Lexy’s heart stopped, and this young man threw all his training, all his will, into making that heart start up again. He cried, he sobbed, while he shouted orders and pitted all he was against the forces arrayed against him. In anguish he cried out, “Why the HELL didn’t he KEEP HER IN THE HOSPITAL”??, referring to the second physician to see her, with her blue nails and mouth.
Lexy’s Mom and Dad didn’t have health insurance, even though they both work. Until we live in a world where a child gets the treatment she needs, we live in a world where horror lurks.
No civilized country should ever let this happen. Ever. Instead of condolences for the dearly departed, we should be offering healthcare to every adult and every child, regardless of income. If all of Western Europe can do this, why can’t we?
No nation can consider itself to be great if it lets this happen. No patriot lets a ten-year child die for money. No ideology worth a damn countenances such a horrible thing.