Death Panels: Another Obamacare Architect Thinks We Should Die at Age 75

Originally published at The Daily Sheeple

Right now everyone is talking about how one of the Obamacare architects, Jonathan Gruber, said it was the huge political advantage of a lack of transparency in the bill being written combined with the stupidity of the American voter that got the monstrosity that is Obamacare passed.

As reported on The Daily Sheeple, Gruber said quote:

Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass

Yeah. That happened. Even left-leaning gatekeeper Snopes had to admit it. Why? It’s on videotape.

Well another of Obamacare’s architects came out and said something perhaps even more disturbing back in September in case you missed it.

Rahm Emanuel’s brother Ezekiel, former White House Special Adviser on Obamacare and current Director of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and fellow at the Center for American Progress, wrote a whole op-ed in The Atlantic about why he hopes he dies at 75 because that’s the optimal age to die.

In fact, society would be better off “if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly” and we all die at age 75.

(The Atlantic describes itself as a partner site with the Council on Foreign site, just by the way.)

Look how happy he is about it, too. Yay timely (or untimely) death!

Here’s a little snippet of what Ezekiel Emanuel had to say in “Why I Hope to Die at 75: An argument that society and families — and you — will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly” about our optimal age to die:

But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.

So about your 90-year-old grandma or your 76-year-old mom?

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Sorry. Sad to say, they have lived too long to serve any purpose in the eyes of Emanuel. They are “feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.” Their age has rendered them automatically unable to contribute anything valuable to society or the world simply by virtue of being alive. Mr. Obamacare bioethics over there says they should both just go die.

In fact, John Nolte at Breitbart referred to the passive-aggressive article, which Emanuel writes supposedly about himself but it really just sounds like he’s making a blanket argument for everyone, as “what decent people would call the mission statement of a death cult” and went on to say it should have been called “Top 15 Reasons No One Over 75 Should Receive Healthcare.”

In addition to the passage above, here are a few other loving statements from one of Obamacare’s architects which certainly is not in any way (<–that’s sarcasm) a huge argument for prioritizing healthcare which essentially includes a laundry list of reasons not to give old people medical coverage.

This is basically the essence of a death panel. And yes, he actually said these things:

  • Half of people 80 and older with functional limitations. A third of people 85 and older with Alzheimer’s. That still leaves many, many elderly people who have escaped physical and mental disability. If we are among the lucky ones, then why stop at 75? Why not live as long as possible?
  • So American immortals may live longer than their parents, but they are likely to be more incapacitated. Does that sound very desirable? Not to me.
  • The American immortal desperately wants to believe in the “compression of morbidity.” … Compression of morbidity is a quintessentially American idea… It promises a kind of fountain of youth until the ever-receding time of death. It is this dream—or fantasy—that drives the American immortal and has fueled interest and investment in regenerative medicine and replacement organs. (Cuz we shouldn’t get those if we’re old?)
  • Living parents also occupy the role of head of the family. They make it hard for grown children to become the patriarch or matriarch.
  • How do we want to be remembered by our children and grandchildren? We wish our children to remember us in our prime. Active, vigorous, engaged, animated, astute, enthusiastic, funny, warm, loving. Not stooped and sluggish, forgetful and repetitive, constantly asking “What did she say?” We want to be remembered as independent, not experienced as burdens.
  • Of course, our children won’t admit it. They love us and fear the loss that will be created by our death. And a loss it will be. A huge loss. They don’t want to confront our mortality, and they certainly don’t want to wish for our death. But even if we manage not to become burdens to them, our shadowing them until their old age is also a loss.
  • And leaving them—and our grandchildren—with memories framed not by our vivacity but by our frailty is the ultimate tragedy.
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The guy also goes on and on about how horribly decrepit people get as they get older. To quote Breitbart again, “Emanuel even includes a monstrous but brightly colored graph that is meant to tell anyone over 75 that their ‘last contribution’ to society likely occurred more than a decade ago. Good God.”

Did you know you don’t even really contribute to society past age 65? Emanuel also points out that, “The average age at which Nobel Prize–winning physicists make their discovery is 48.” So? And? How is that proof no one does anything of value later on in their life?

Emanuel went so far as to say, “Even if we aren’t demented, our mental functioning deteriorates as we grow older… It is not just mental slowing. We literally lose our creativity.”

Wow. Literally lose our creativity? All of it? Zero creativity after 75?

Guess that means all of these actors are too old, feeble, robbed of creativity and ability to contribute to work, society and the world to continue to live according to Ezekiel Emanuel:

Morgan Freeman (age 77)
Clint Eastwood (age 84)
Judi Dench (age 79)
Jack Nicholson (age 77)
Dustin Hoffman (age 77)
Gene Hackman (age 84)
Betty White (age 92)
Robert Duvall (age 83)
Michael Caine (age 81)
Sean Connery (age 84)
Mel Brooks (age 88)
Sidney Poitier (age 87)
Gena Rowlands (age 84)
Max von Sydow (age 85)
Ed Asner (age 84)
James Earl Jones (age 83)

Robert De Niro is 71, so according to Mr. Emanuel, he’s got four good years left before he should go. Uh oh, Al Pacino turns 75 in April, so…

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Yeah. I know how ridiculous that list I just typed is, but it is simply to illustrate a point about the disgusting, heartless bureaucrats running the show in this country.

Ezekiel Emanuel is only 57. We’ll see if he takes his own advice in another 18 years.

Oh, and by the way, how old is David Rockefeller these days? Ninety nine and counting? You don’t say…

In the meantime, people keep debating whether or not Obamacare includes death panels or will lead to death panels in the future. If this Obamacare architect’s op-ed isn’t a raging public service announcement for death panels (complete with a graph and everything!), I’m not sure what is.

They might not openly call it a death panel, but what do you think it means when bureaucrats like this guy argue that life-saving or even life-extending medical procedures like medical screenings or joint replacements are withheld from older folks simply because they are old and it isn’t “cost effective” according to the system?

(Whatever the hell that phrase “cost effective” even means to a government that’s $17 trillion in debt and just keeps finding a reason to go to even more wars…)

In the meantime, my dad died a few months ago. All of a sudden, just like that. He was only 63. Do you think I wouldn’t give anything to have him here for another 12 years? More than 12? Do you think I ever once thought of my dad as a creativity-less “burden” who doesn’t contribute to society as he got older? Do you think him being 75, 85 or even 95 would’ve suddenly made me love him so little I stop valuing him as a human being?

What a bunch of evil psychopaths we have running the show. I agree with John Nolte over at Breitbart. These Obamacare death cultists can all go straight to Hell.


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