Like the demonic murmurs heard in every classic occult horror movie ever made the sounds of the Obama faithful keep getting louder and louder, yet somehow the majority of American’s can’t seem to hear them. Some of us keep yelling, just like most people want to when the pretty little teenage girl is about to go into the room where the bloody axe murder is hiding… DONT GO IN THERE… But alas, most Americans can’t hear us any more than the pretty little girl in the horror movie can.
Just as Adolph Hitler told everyone what he wanted to do in Mein Kampf, American’s have been told repeated what the Pr4ogressive Left wants to do. From Bill Ayer’s (Yes, the same Bill Ayer’s who Barack Obama started his political career in his living room) who told us he wanted to kill 25 million Americans who would not embrace Marxism, then their is adviser to Barack Obama, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel.
Emanuel, however, believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ’96).
Translation: Don’t give much care to a grandmother with Parkinson’s or a child with cerebral palsy.
He explicitly defends discrimination against older patients: “Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years” (Lancet, Jan. 31).
These are not new idea’s, they were central planks in Nazi Ideology. You remember hearing about the Nazi’s in high school, right? they wanted to create the perfect master race, they killed any and everyone who didn’t measure up. now we have another Obama faithful spouting more of that same rancid crap.
Enter New York Slimes columnist Daniel Callahan, the New York slimes is no stranger to this kind of wishful thinking either, remember, it was the New York Slimes who won a Pulitzer for lying about the atrocities committed by Stalin.
Consider how dire the cost projections for Medicare already are. In 2010 more than 40 million Americans were over 65. In 2030 there will be slightly more than 72 million, and in 2050 more than 83 million. The Congressional Budget Office has projected a rise of Medicare expenditures to 5.8 percent of gross domestic product in 2038 from 3.5 percent today, a burden often declared unsustainable.
MODERN medicine is very good at keeping elderly people with chronic diseases expensively alive. At 83, I’m a good example. I’m on oxygen at night for emphysema, and three years ago I needed a seven-hour emergency heart operation to save my life. Just 10 percent of the population — mainly the elderly — consumes about 80 percent of health care expenditures, primarily on expensive chronic illnesses and end-of-life costs. Historically, the longer lives that medical advances have given us have run exactly parallel to the increase in chronic illness and the explosion in costs. Can we possibly afford to live even longer — much less radically longer?
This rise in chronic illness should also give us pause about the idea, common to proponents of radical life extension, that we can slow aging in a way that leaves us in perfectly good health. As Dr. Olshansky has tartly observed, “The evolutionary theory of senescence can be stated as follows: while bodies are not designed to fail, neither are they designed for extended operation.” Nature itself seems to be resisting our efforts. (Swift’s Struldbrugs, it is often forgotten, had immortal life but with it all the afflictions of aging, and so were declared legally dead at 80.)
What’s more, an important and liberating part of modern life has been upward social and economic mobility. The old retire from work and their place is taken by the young. A society where the aged stay in place for many more years would surely throw that fruitful passing of the generations into chaos.
The fundamental difficulty here is that we cannot proceed in the usual way with this medical research, taking small steps, seeing the results and then, if they are positive, moving further. It will take decades for the changes in length of life to play out to allow assessment of their benefits and harms. By then it may be too late to reverse the damage. One likelihood, even in just a few years, is that older people who stay longer in the work force, as many are now forced to do, will close out opportunities for younger workers coming in.
And exactly what are the potential social benefits? Is there any evidence that more old people will make special contributions now lacking with an average life expectancy close to 80? I am flattered, at my age, by the commonplace that the years bring us wisdom — but I have not noticed much of it in myself or my peers. If we weren’t especially wise earlier in life, we are not likely to be that way later.
I have often been struck, at funerals of the elderly, of the common phrase that while the deceased will be missed, he or she led a “full life.” Adding years to a life doesn’t necessarily make it any fuller.
We may properly hope that scientific advances help ensure, with ever greater reliability, that young people manage to become old people. We are not, however, obliged to help the old become indefinitely older. Indeed, our duty may be just the reverse: to let death have its day.
Daniel Callahan is the president emeritus of the Hastings Center and a co-director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy.
Did you read that very last sentence? “Daniel Callahan is the president emeritus of the Hastings Center and a co-director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy.” This asshole is president emeritus of the Hastings Center and a co-director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy. For fucks sake, why don’t we just dig up Doctor Josef Mengele and put him in change of Obamacare, at this point, what fucking difference would it make?