DANIEL VAUGHAN: Canadian Healthcare Has Become A Death Cult

 January 26, 2024

Every few months, Canada gives us yet another reason never to trust universal healthcare or legalized euthanasia. Canada legalized assisted suicide in 2016, claiming it was only for the terminally ill. In the eight short years since they've gone from "caring for the terminally ill" to providing suicide to anyone for any reason at any time.

In December, I wrote that Canada was pivoting from universal healthcare to "death-for-all." Eventually, I wrote that Canada would realize that assisted suicide brought down healthcare costs and would be perceived as the best form of "healthcare," because it saved the government money. Once that happened, life would be supplanted by death as the primary objective of government-run healthcare.

Less than two months later, the Canadian government admits this. CBC News ran a headline that read: "Medically assisted deaths could save millions in health care spending: Report."

Summarizing the report, CBC said, "Doctor-assisted death could reduce annual healthcare spending across the country by between $34.7 million and $136.8 million, according to a report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday. The savings exceedingly outweigh the estimated $1.5 to $14.8 million in direct costs associated with implementing medically assisted dying."

The report's author was even more blunt:

"The take-away point is that there may be some upfront costs associated with offering medical assisted dying to Canadians, but there may also be a reduction in spending elsewhere in the system and therefore offering medical assistance in dying to Canadians will not cost the health care system anything extra," said Aaron Trachtenberg, an author of the report and a resident in internal medicine at the University of Calgary.

Another doctor said, "It's just the reality of working in a system of finite resources."

The authors go on to claim that their report doesn't mean that cost should be a factor in deciding end-of-life care. But it's hard to avoid the pressure the same government-run system will have when politics enters the fray.

And we can't avoid the obvious: elevating the cost of saving a life above that of life itself. Aside from the brutality of this assessment, it's also a reason to kill off medical innovation. Why bother trying to cure something when it's cheaper to kill it?

Cost isn't the end of Canada's descent into death cult logic. Advocacy groups in Canada, having already allowed those with mental illnesses to start using the service, are looking to add children. The Publica reports that one particular group is trying to lower the eligibility age for assisted suicide to 12 years old.

As many commentators pointed out, this idea that a child can agree to end their life flies in the face of age-of-consent laws. We're supposed to push those thoughts to the side, though, because death is elevated over life.

In the United States, one of the great charities supported by nearly everyone across all walks of life is the hospital St. Jude. They set out to target childhood illnesses and care for families going through these traumatic situations. The Ronald McDonald House does similar things.

In Canada, they're talking about ending that kind of work and putting in an express lane for suicide. To call it barbaric is an understatement. It's codified murder by the state, seeking to lower its bottom line so it doesn't have to care for people.

The entire argument for universal healthcare is that people get the care they need without it burdening them financially. Canada is reversing that and saying assisted suicide is the best means to prevent people from becoming a burden on the state.

Canada isn't a slippery slope for advocates against assisted suicide. It's a bullet train to societal death. It elevates death above healthcare and life. The state was supposed to take the healthcare burden away from the individual, not call them a burden on the state.

Healthcare in the United States may be expensive, but you can get treatment and put up the hardest fight for your life possible. We cheer people ringing bells and winning battles against cancer and other diseases. We do not see them as burdens. We view them as valuable individuals worth saving.

Canada continues plumbing new depths of its new love of death, and the darkness is growing.

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