One of the advisers that Barack Obama tapped to help create the Un-Affordable Care Act is former Harvard professor Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel. According to his bio on the Center for American Progress website:
“Ezekiel J. Emanuel is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and the vice provost for global initiatives, the Diane S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an op-ed contributor to The New York Times.”
“He was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a special advisor on health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He is also a breast oncologist and author.”
In case you are not familiar with the Center for American Progress, here is what their website says about them:
“The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action.”
In many instances, progressive is just another word for socialistic.
With that in mind, consider Emanuel’s latest writings and works that advocates that people should die at 75 years of age. In a recent article in The Atlantic titled Why I Hope to Die at 75, Emanuel wrote:
“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.”…
“I am talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75. Americans seem to be obsessed with exercising, doing mental puzzles, consuming various juice and protein concoctions, sticking to strict diets, and popping vitamins and supplements, all in a valiant effort to cheat death and prolong life as long as possible. This has become so pervasive that it now defines a cultural type: what I call the American immortal.”…
“Once I have lived to 75, my approach to my health care will completely change. I won’t actively end my life. But I won’t try to prolong it, either.”…
“I think this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive. For many reasons, 75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop.”
“…over the past 50 years, health care hasn’t slowed the aging process so much as it has slowed the dying process.”
Ronald Raegan was one of the best presidents America had in the last 100 years. He was 70 when he first took office and was 78 when he left office. According to Emanuel, Reagan should have been ineffective, feeble and pathetic, but that’s certainly not the way I remember him.
I’m sure many of us know of family members, friends or others who lived productive lives after the age of 75. At 75, my dad was driving cars from one car dealership to another in Arizona. He was tying his own trout flies and often guided others and taught them how to fly fish. He would shovel the snow from his neighbor’s driveway. In his late 70s and 80’s, dad played a very important role in the VFW post in his town, helping with many charitable events and creating new policies. Dad was always busy doing something, building something or helping someone. He just couldn’t sit and grow old.
I also think of my father-in-law who didn’t retire from the Post Office until age 69. Up until his death at age 84, he was constantly busy doing many tasks around our church that nobody else wanted to do. He spent time helping some of the disabled, taking them out to dinner and shopping. When he turned 80, I asked him what it was like to be in his third or fourth childhood and he laughed and told me he never left his first childhood. He may have been getting physically old, but he was mentally young and stayed very active until the Lord took him home.
Emanuel reminds me of the animal rights activist Peter Singer who once advocated that we should let old people die. He even went so far as to say that the entire human race should go extinct for the sake of all life on planet Earth. However, when his elderly mom began having health issues, Singer didn’t live up to his teachings and did what he could to help keep his mother alive.
Emanuel may say that now at age 57, but will he commit to that personally at age 75? As he approaches his own mortality will he preach a different philosophy?
Lastly, I want to remind you that many of the provisions in Obamacare make it financially difficult for older people to get the same treatment and care they were getting before Obamacare took over. Many drugs are not covered because they are too expensive. The same is true with many medical procedures. Obamacare seems purposely designed to let the elderly and sickly die younger than they could with the proper medical care. With advisers like Emanuel helping to create Obamacare, now we know why Obamacare is the program of death instead of life.