Eugenicist Ezekiel Emanuel is slated to join the Joe Biden administration as a COVID-19 task force member, despite penning an op-ed arguing people should die at the age of 75.
In his 2014 Atlantic article, titled, “Why I Hope To Die At 75,” the brother of former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel explained why 75 is a “pretty good age to aim to stop.”
Emanuel’s hope that everyone adopt his arbitrary life expectancy is made clear in his subheadline: “An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly.”
The Obamacare architect wrote that after the age of 75 people are merely trying to “cheat death.”
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.
I reject this aspiration. 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.
Emanuel, a self-proclaimed “bioethicist” (newspeak for “eugenicist”), also claimed once he reaches 75 he won’t accept life-saving or life-prolonging treatments unless they’re necessary to prevent pain.
At 75 and beyond, I will need a good reason to even visit the doctor and take any medical test or treatment, no matter how routine and painless. And that good reason is not “It will prolong your life.” I will stop getting any regular preventive tests, screenings, or interventions. I will accept only palliative—not curative—treatments if I am suffering pain or other disability.
This means colonoscopies and other cancer-screening tests are out—and before 75. If I were diagnosed with cancer now, at 57, I would probably be treated, unless the prognosis was very poor. But 65 will be my last colonoscopy. No screening for prostate cancer at any age. (When a urologist gave me a PSA test even after I said I wasn’t interested and called me with the results, I hung up before he could tell me. He ordered the test for himself, I told him, not for me.) After 75, if I develop cancer, I will refuse treatment. Similarly, no cardiac stress test. No pacemaker and certainly no implantable defibrillator. No heart-valve replacement or bypass surgery. If I develop emphysema or some similar disease that involves frequent exacerbations that would, normally, land me in the hospital, I will accept treatment to ameliorate the discomfort caused by the feeling of suffocation, but will refuse to be hauled off.
“By the time I reach 75, I will have lived a complete life,” Emanuel wrote, adding, “Dying at 75 will not be a tragedy.”
News of Emanuel joining Biden’s COVID team was panned by conservatives on Twitter, who exposed how his weird predilection with dying prematurely is at odds with trying to save lives from coronavirus.
Others also pointed out Joe Biden is currently 77.
While Biden is far from being officiated as president-elect, his tone-deaf selection of Emanuel is about what we’ve come to expect from the out-of-touch liberal elites pulling his strings.
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