Dr. Zeke Emanuel, an advisory board member appointed to Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force and one of the architects of Obamacare, has argued that he views living past the age of 75 is undesirable.
In 2014, Emanuel penned the article for The Atlantic about his desire not to live past 75.
The article makes a lengthy argument for why quality of life past the age of 75 had dwindled to the point that one would be “better off” if nature took “its course swiftly and promptly.”
“The fact is that by 75, creativity, originality, and productivity are pretty much gone for the vast, vast majority of us,” he argued.
Joe Biden, if elected president, would be 78-years-old if he is inaugurated in January.
In his piece, Emanuel seems to be very careful with his language.
He makes clear that the 75 age limit is just his personal preference.
But he goes on for paragraphs and paragraphs describing why, after 75, life just really may not be worth living.
The article is filled with missives like the following:
“We accommodate our physical and mental limitations. Our expectations shrink. Aware of our diminishing capacities, we choose ever more restricted activities and projects, to ensure we can fulfill them.”
Now, one could argue that, hey, maybe it’s just Dr. Emanuel’s personal preference.
That could certainly be true. But what would our society, our country, our world look like if such an outlook became pervasive?
If such an outlook did become policy? After all, if people begin to take this view, they will surely advocate it.
If society begins to accept this view, surely people will vote for politicians who promise to create policy to accommodate it, right?
Now, how do you feel about it? Think about that for a moment.
Take stock of all the people in your life you know over the age of 75 – relatives, friends, relatives of friends – and ask yourself if it’s worth it for them to continue living.
How do they feel about it?
And ultimately, what’s to say Emanuel won’t change his mind, and decide it’s not really his own personal choice, but rather should be government policy?
What’s more is Emanuel, according to Greg Scandlen, the founder of Consumers for Health Care Choices, has done extensive work on a “complete lives system” of allocating health resources.
“This would have prioritized adolescents and young adults in receiving health care and put infants and the elderly at the end of the line,” Scandlen wrote, also in 2014.
The system interprets how to allocate, among other things, vaccinations during a flu pandemic, when the supply may be limited.
In the same Atlantic piece, Emanuel writes he, as he progresses towards 75, should eschew a flu shot, and in the event of a pandemic, “a younger person who has yet to live a complete life ought to get the vaccine or any antiviral drugs.”
Throughout the presidential campaign, we’ve heard time and again how Biden will ‘follow the science and/or scientists’ when it comes to handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now we know what kind of scientists Biden had in mind. Scientists like Emanuel.
Meanwhile, another man rumored to be on Biden’s Cabinet radar as Attorney General of the United States, Andrew Cuomo, wants to hold off on the vaccine for two months, potentially costing lives.
“You have two months, and we can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way the Trump administration is designing it because Biden can’t undo it two months later, we’ll be in the midst of it,” Cuomo stated.
“I’ve been talking to governors across the nation about that; how can we shape the Trump administration vaccine plan to fix it, or stop it before it does damage.”
Drugmaker Pfizer announcing Monday that their COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be over 90% effective and that they hope to have enough doses to immunize 15 to 20 million people within a month.
Biden’s ‘science’ guy in Zeke Emanuel has a history stating seniors should not get the vaccine.
President Trump, on the other hand, has said seniors would be “first in line for the vaccine.”
The science says seniors are the ones who have borne the heaviest burden of the coronavirus pandemic, while survival rates for the younger are astronomically high.
“My message to America’s seniors today is one of optimism, confidence and hope. Your sacrifice has not been in vain,” Trump said in a pre-election speech.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is near.”
With people like Emanuel in charge, the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ may take on a whole different meaning.
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