What happens when Christians vote to put secular government in charge of health care?

Canada Election 2015: Socialists in red, Communists in Orange, Conservatives in blue
Canada Election 2015: Socialists in red, Communists in Orange, Conservatives in blue

No need to wonder, just look north to Canada. Wesley J. Smith explains in First Things.


Last year, the Canadian Supreme Court created a right to euthanasia and assisted suicide. To qualify for death, the court ruled unanimously, one must be a competent adult with a medically diagnosed condition causing “irremediable suffering”—a circumstance wholly determined by the patient and including “psychological suffering.”

The decision went well beyond mere legalization. Indeed, the court manufactured an enforceable legal right for qualified patients to receive what Canadian policymakers are euphemistically calling “medical aid in dying” (MAID).

But what about doctors opposed to euthanasia? The court left with Parliament and the medical colleges (associations) the decision of whether and how to accommodate doctors with conscience objections, granting a one-year (now extended) period within which to enact laws to govern the practice. Since then, civil liberties groups, provincial medical colleges, and official government commissions have urged Parliament … to pass laws that would coerce doctors who are religiously or philosophically opposed to euthanasia to cooperate actively in mercy killings by forcing them to procure death doctors for their patients.

But isn’t there a “Constitution” in Canada? Yes, but it’s interpreted by unelected judges:

All of this would seem to fly in the face of Canada’s 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms,which states, “Everyone has the fundamental freedom of conscience and religion.” Illustrating the utter lack of regard that secularized Canada now has for religious liberty, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association—that country’s counterpart to the ACLU—applauded the parliamentary committee’s call to stomp upon religious conscience as a “promising step forward.”

Doctors aren’t the only ones threatened with religious persecution under Canada’s looming euthanasia regime. Provincial and federal commissions have both recommended that nurses, physician’s assistants, and other such licensed medical practitioners be allowed to do the actual euthanizing under the direction of a doctor.

Voting for a single-payer health care system, such as the one praised by Donald Trump, makes the situation much worse:

Even Catholic and other religious nursing homes and hospices may soon be required by law to permit euthanasia on their premises, for the federal commission recommended that federal and provincial governments “ensure that all publicly funded health care institutions provide medical assistance in dying.” That is a very broad category. Canada has a single-payer, socialized healthcare financing system that permits little private-pay medical care outside of nursing homes. Not only that, but as Alex Schadenberg, director of the Canada-based Euthanasia Prevention Coalition told me, “religiously-affiliated institutions [in Canada] have become the primary care facilities for elderly persons, those requiring psychiatric care, and dying persons. They are now being told that as a condition of providing those services they will be required to permit doctors to kill these very patients by lethal injection. If they refuse, they will find themselves in a showdown with the government.”

The more people who opt to kill themselves, the less the government has to pay in health care. Naturally, the secular government looks at euthanasia as a great way to cut the costs of taxpayers who have paid into the single-payer system their whole lives, and now want to make withdrawals. If the government kills them now, they get to keep all the money, and not give any of it back.

The rights to religious liberty and conscience protections are put at risk everywhere that the secular government takes over the private sector. Christians need to be careful what they vote for at election time. Small government is best for religious liberty and conscience protections.

5 thoughts on “What happens when Christians vote to put secular government in charge of health care?”

  1. Long and the short of it W.K. , most of the nations and states that allow or worse encourage euthanasia are not Christian any longer . Its as absurd to assume secular societies want to live by Christian precepts as it is to assume a Christian one wants to live under Sharia law.

    The US is still nominally Christian but there are huge areas that are not so and are not liable to change back any time soon.

    As such, many people choose different priorities since they do see Christianity as THE truth. That is of course where you interesting apologetics come in. Persuasion and buttressing the faith

    Also re: socialized medicine. what you are saying a quite true.

    The economy has please excuse my use of a Marxist term, cut everyone off from the means of production and as such in some ways life is more perilous without the State than in say the Middle Ages for the majority of people

    One bump and its penury.

    Also there are rather important public health, economic and familial well being reasons to ensure everyone rich or poor has access to health care.

    In any case whether its private insurance,, lack of family funds or the State people will get triaged. Maybe not as directly as Euthanasia but choices will be made and people will die in any case,

    The end result will be death to save money and there is no way around that.


  2. The legalization of euthanasia in Canada is hugely controversial, though you wouldn’t know it from our media. This is especially true for the disabled community, most of whom recognize that they are considered disposable drains on the system that should never have been allowed to be born.

    I do want to clarify a few things. Yes, we have a “socialized” medical system, however it is run provincially, not federally. Which means different provinces cover different things. Quebec, for example, is much more “socialist” than any other province in all aspects.

    In some provinces, we have to pay a fairly nominal insurance premium for our coverage, and no, it’s not universal. Plenty of things aren’t covered. Having private medical insurance is vital. To use our own situation as an example, my husband is now on long term disability. Thankfully, he had a high end insurance package; the best option offered by his employer. We’re now living on only 60% of his pre-disability income, but that is still more than double what he would be getting if he had to go on government disability. Prescriptions are not covered by the system, but his insurance does; he only has a nominal co-pay per prescription. Dental is not covered by the system, but his insurance does. He has access to a regular doctor, a pain specialist, an exercise therapist, as well as a psychiatrist and counselor to treat his depression and PTSD, all covered by the system. His physiotherapist is covered by his private insurance, but he needs so much of it, he runs out of his allotted amount in about half a year. After that, we have to pay for it ourselves, and we just don’t have the money, so he has to stop until the fiscal year rolls over and he has insurance coverage again. Part of his care should include going swimming, but we can’t afford a monthly pass, even with the discount he qualifies for through his employer.

    So our health care system is a mix of public and private care. It doesn’t cover everything, and a major health crisis can be financially devastating, but no where near as much as it would be without having that publicly funded care.

    Also, of the publicly funded care provided, about 30% of it (it differs from province to province) is actually provided by private companies through contracts. There are plenty of private medical clinics. They bill the system for care that is covered, and bill the patient for care that isn’t.

    The biggest drain on the system is the bureaucracy. Layers upon layers of waste, as well as inflated salaries, thanks to public sector unions. There is also the issue of what is covered by the system; there is no reason it should cover things like sex change operations, but not some types of cancer treatment, for example.

    Our system has flaws, and with our current government, I can only see it getting worse. But in Canada, we do have private health care and private health insurance. At least until the NDP or the Liberals manage to make them illegal, which I know is a goal of the NDP.


      1. Yes, that was a prerequisite for being able to run for the party. Even those who did not support abortion had to pledge to vote for it if it ever came up.


      2. I call him our accidental Prime Minister for the same reason I call Rachel Notely Alberta’s accidental Premier. They were both elected by the protest vote. In both elections, there was rampant manipulation of the vote by registered third parties, some of them funded by US based organizations.

        So we got our current PM partly due to electoral interference from the US. Which is illegal, but Elections Canada isn’t doing anything about it.

        There were also social media based “ABC” (anyone but conservative) campaigns, vote swapping, and one woman even offered nude photos of herself to anyone who could prove they voted ABC. Which was usually done by providing a photo of one’s ballot. Which is illegal.

        Elections Canada isn’t doing anything about any of that, either.

        Oh, and then there was the promise of $150 million to the CBC, which is already getting $1billion in taxpayer dollars a year. The CBC has long been little more than a campaign arm of the Liberals, anyhow, but it meant they weren’t about to support the NDP. The Toronto Star is also slavishly Liberal supporters. The remaining mainstream media in Canada all tend to lean left. The only real right leaning media, Sun News Network, was killed off by the CRTC, basically. Now we have the internet based, completely funded by donations, The Rebel. Even our vaguely right leaning media, such as the National Post, aren’t particularly conservative. They’re really just less liberal.


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