Useless eaters should self-liquidate for their own good, says the designer of Obamacare.
In other news, that "rightwing panic" about Death Panels is just nonsense.
//Emanuel also addressed the social aspects that come along with an increase in longevity. Longer lives mean that children end up caring for their parents for extended periods of time, possibly creating some social and familial issues in the process.
“Living parents also occupy the role of head of the family. They make it hard for grown children to become the patriarch or matriarch. When parents routinely live to 95, children must caretake into their own retirement,” Emanuel wrote. “That doesn’t leave them much time on their own — and it is all old age. When parents live to 75, children have had the joys of a rich relationship with their parents, but also have enough time for their own lives, out of their parents’ shadows.”
As for his own health, Emanuel, 57, said he plans to stop taking major efforts to prolong it once he inches toward the 75 mark.
At 65, he said he’ll stop having colonoscopies and, at 75, he said he will refuse treatment if he falls ill with cancer; he’ll also stop having stress tests, will refuse pacemakers, won’t have reparative heart surgery — and will even stop taking antibiotics.
“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,” he said. “And that good reason is not ‘It will prolong your life.’”
Emanuel, a well-respected doctor whose views on health and patient care have been scrutinized by some critics, was careful to note that he isn’t judging those who wish to live as long as possible and that he, as a physical, has regularly helped the elderly find resources that enable them to do so.//
Dr. Emanuel sounds like the medical professionals who were advising the sterilization of the "feeble minded" and "socially inept" at the beginning of the 20th century.