Fox News host Tucker Carlson held a segment on Canadians being "driven to suicide by poverty," speaking to professor and author Charles C. Camosy on the topic of euthanizing the poor due to their inability to pay for cures to disease.
Camosy, a professor at Creighton school of medicine, said that Canada's euthanizing of the poor was no understatement.
"It doesn't get a lot of coverage. I think I have to wonder why. Violence is something we hear covered ad nauseam, everything today is violence even things that obviously aren't violence," he said to Carlson.
"This is violence, this is medicalized violence. Why isn't this being covered? Why aren't we talking about it? Especially when it's poor people especially when it's working-class people that are structurally pushed into that. I think that's a question worth asking."
Carlson asked "what do you do when an economy based on finance starts to go south and average people can't, kind of, sustain themselves. Do you guarantee basic income or whatever? This seems like an obvious choice for neoliberal ghouls to force people to kill themselves.
"And how many times have we heard from Canada about their healthcare system their social care system, talking down to us about so many things, and now it's come home to roost. Canada's policies are seen for what they are," said Camosy in response.
"Canada has their own problems, we need to learn from them. We need to say, 'look, what's happening to our poor people, to our disabled people.'"
He continued" "The dementia population... is set to double in the next twenty years, triple in the next thirty years. What are we going to do? are we going to put the resources into care for them? If we don't, I only really see two options; robot care, or straight up, no chaser, euthanasia."
"Killing yourself is not liberation. It's really sad. You shouldn't be forced to do it," said Carlson.
An overwhelming majority of Canadians continue to support access to medical assistance in dying, according to a national survey conducted by Ipsos.
In order to be eligible to receive medical assistance in dying in British Columbia, a person must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be eligible for health services publicly funded by a government in Canada, such as being registered or eligible for B.C.’s Medical Services Plan;
- Be at least 18 years of age and capable of making decisions about their health;
- Have made a voluntary request for medical assistance in dying that, in particular, was not made as a result of external pressure;
- Have given informed consent to receive medical assistance in dying after being informed of the means that are available to relieve their suffering, including palliative care; and
- Have a grievous and irremediable medical condition, which means:
they have a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability;
they are in an advanced state of decline that cannot be reversed; and
that illness, disease or disability or that state of decline causes them enduring physical or psychological suffering that is intolerable to them and cannot be relieved under conditions that they consider acceptable.
Medical assistance in dying can only be provided to persons who can give consent. Consent through an alternate or substitute decision maker or through a personal advance directive is not applicable.
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