The Washington Post published an article Monday promoting the expansion of “Death with Dignity” laws across the United States, on the grounds that legalizing euthanasia —”physician-assisted suicide”— laws allows people “to control how one’s life ends.”
Euthanasia is legal in five U.S. states, so far, with similar laws to be voted on in Colorado in the elections and by the Washington, D.C. City Council in November. But those laws were largely passed on the argument of ending pain for terminally-ill patients. Research has shown that other motivations are more important than ending pain, the Post asserts. The research cited is that of “Dr.” Ezekiel Emanuel, the chief architect of Obamacare.
Emanuel has pushed euthanasia for decades, on the same financial cost-cutting grounds that underlie Obamacare. He is obsessed with euthanasia. In 1998, he co-authored a paper titled “What Are the Potential Cost Savings from Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide?”
This year, Emanuel was the lead author of a study on “Attitudes and Practices of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide in the United States, Canada and Europe,” published on July 5, 2016 in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to JAMA’s summary of the study, Emanuel’s team “comprehensively reviewed all the available data on attitudes and practices” of euthanasia and physically-assisted suicide, and came up with the conclusion promoted today by the Post: that “the main motivations” for getting a doctor to kill you or help you kill yourself “appear to be psychological, fear of losing autonomy and no longer enjoying life’s activities and other forms of mental distress.”
A second (lying) conclusion of the “study” cited, was that “alleged slippery-slope cases, such as ending the life of patients who are minors or have dementia, appear to be a very small minority of cases”—a bald attempt to cover the Nazi implications of this policy.
This is the outlook of the architect of Obamacare, who openly celebrated in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 12, 2008, that the financial breakdown finally made possible the program to savagely cut public expenditures on health care implemented through Obamacare.
“The world economy is teetering … With trillions of dollars evaporating in this crisis, millions of middle-class Americans face the prospect of losing their homes and jobs, and witnessing a dramatic contraction of their retirement savings. In response, the public will desperately want financial security…. bailing out bankers and other gamblers [and the] huge increase in the federal debt that these bailouts will entail intensifies the pressure to rein in health-care costs…. The dean of health-care economists, Victor Fuchs of Stanford, has long maintained that we will get health-care reform only when there is a war, a depression or some other major civil unrest. It’s beginning to look like we might just have all three,” he wrote.