Thursday, September 25, 2014

Prof. Zeke Emanuel, Obamacare Policy Wonk, Thinks People Should Die By Age 75

"In a time when no man could just do alright and get by...  To make way for the new, the old had to die!  It was crazy.  It was crazy!"--Sammy Hagar from "Spaceage Sacrifice" by Montrose

One of the self-ordained central planners of globalism, Prof. Zeke Emanuel, who is also one of the main architects of so-called Obamacare in the U.S., has penned a rather lengthy op-ed in The Atlantic magazine.  The article is titled, "Why I Hope To Die at 75."  The University of Pennsylvania MD and PhD is currently 57 and presumably has a rather lucrative pension and retirement to look forward to, but he seems to feel that his quality of life will not be sufficient to enjoy the good life that keeps guys like Warren Buffet, 84, or Henry Kissinger, 91, going at a ripe old age.  Hey, to each their own.  I hope Zeke has a heck of party before he puts himself out of misery.

Unfortunately, the subtitle to the article is "An Argument that Society and Families-and You-Will be Better Off If Nature Takes Its Course Swiftly and Promptly."  Ah, so he's not saying we're going to better off if we're spared his memoirs on how forcing people to purchase insurance from private companies (that are given immunity from anti-trust laws) under penalty of the Internal Revenue Service was a great moment in American history.  What he's actually saying is that society will be better off if all of us are dead before we turn the spirit of 76.  Zeke's scientific mind makes the case by citing an availability heuristic--dad's heart attack at 77.

I could spend hours picking apart Zeke's argument about how old people go about embarrassing the young and restricting their progress, but I'll let you read it yourself.  The whole thing sounds extremely Orwellian, as does much of the policy coming from the globalist policy wonks these days.  A better comparison might be Aldous Huxley's Brave New World where we're all kept content with a drug called "soma" that conveniently limits the lifespan of the masses to their sixties.  It also invokes comparisons to the bloody, totalitarian histories of Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, and Maoist China.  At least he's not advocating a fabricated, endless war where the victims of terrorist attacks or environmental disasters are simply selected at random and expected to report to "disintegration booths" for destruction, as in the Star Trek episode A Taste of Armageddon.
"You are planned and you are damned in a brave new world"

Almost as disturbing as his extensive role in developing the current Obamacare paradigm is that Zeke is actually a professor of MEDICAL ETHICS at an Ivy League university!  Even if I accept for a moment Zeke's Soylent Green allusions, he's still discounting the contribution of the senior community and violating his Hippocratic Oath.   I respect his freedom of speech and right to die, though.  I hope he does have a big party at 75 to say goodbye to his family and the world.  In fact, I wouldn't mind going to that party myself.

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