Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg once made a statement suggesting a disturbing strategy for addressing the problem of the overburdened healthcare system.
A video from 2011 has emerged of Bloomberg saying some elderly cancer patients should be denied treatment because “health care is going to bankrupt us.”
Bloomberg is trying to convince Americans that he is the man to fix healthcare, but his solution is beyond appalling.
In the 2011 video clip, Bloomberg said, while sitting shiva with a Jewish family, “If you show up with prostate cancer and you’re 95, we should say ‘go and enjoy, have a nice day, live a long life.’ There’s no cure and we can’t do anything. If you’re a young person, we should do something about it.”
Bloomberg is not the only one on his side of the aisle who holds such views, which is what makes government healthcare such a terrifying prospect.
Such thinking only comes into play when the government is paying for healthcare and rationing becomes necessary. Still, for Bloomberg to openly say it is particularly bold, and it’s coming back to bite him in this election cycle.
Still more disturbing is the fact that Bloomberg made the statement in response to the family’s tragic experience of having to wait in the emergency room for 73 hours before their family member died.
Proponents of government healthcare have long slandered their opponents as hysterical and reactionary, but Bloomberg’s statements confirm the fears of many.
The hard decisions about who should be granted healthcare and who should not will be made by what many have referred to as “death panels.”
The term isn’t just a hyperbolic political idea, these panels are a real thing. The American version established by the Affordable Care Act was benignly dubbed the Independent Payment Advisory Board, and fortunately, the agency was eliminated by Congress in 2018 before it could go into effect.
Any proponent of government-funded healthcare has to acknowledge the necessity of “death panels,” because of the rising costs of healthcare and the scarcity of resources with which to meet them. Handing healthcare decisions to a board of unelected bureaucrats is a dystopian nightmare that all Americans should want to avoid.
It is safe to say President Trump and perhaps even some of Bloomberg’s Democratic primary opponents will be running this video in campaign ads very soon. Someone who espouses such frightening ideas should never come anywhere near the White House.