Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Biden’s COVID Task Force Includes Doctor who Wishes Biden Died 2 Years Ago

 

Joe Biden introduced his coronavirus task force Monday morning. It will include Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the “medical ethicist” who createdvObamacare’s “death panels.” Curiously, Emanuel wishes the 77-year-old Biden had died two years ago.

In his national address Saturday, Biden said his COVID-19 plan “will be built on bedrock science” and “will be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern.” Ethics and empathy have different meanings to Democrats, as was shown by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s flooding of old-age homes with the virus.

Emanuel likely thinks New York’s death toll was a feature, not a bug. After all, it mostly killed the elderly — people the “medical ethicist” believes don’t deserve to live. He has publicly claimed that 75 years should be the cut-off for human life.

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.

By the time I reach 75, I will have lived a complete life. I will have loved and been loved. My children will be grown and in the midst of their own rich lives. I will have seen my grandchildren born and beginning their lives. I will have pursued my life’s projects and made whatever contributions, important or not, I am going to make. And hopefully, I will not have too many mental and physical limitations. Dying at 75 will not be a tragedy.

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. Today, when the doctor recommends a test or treatment, especially one that will extend our lives, it becomes incumbent upon us to give a good reason why we don’t want it. The momentum of medicine and family means we will almost invariably get it…

But 75 defines a clear point in time: for me, 2032. It removes the fuzziness of trying to live as long as possible. Its specificity forces us to think about the end of our lives and engage with the deepest existential questions and ponder what we want to leave our children and grandchildren, our community, our fellow Americans, the world. The deadline also forces each of us to ask whether our consumption is worth our contribution.

Coronavirus has the most impact on the elderly but Biden’s task force clearly has little use for them. I can’t see how it will exercise “compassion, empathy, and concern” for anyone born before 1946.

That includes Joe Biden, who was born in 1942.

H/T Jim Geraghty.

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  1. Theodoric of Freiberg Member

    Can’t get much creepier than this guy. Nice pick, Joe. 😤

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    • November 9, 2020, at 3:49 PM PST
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  2. Kozak Member
    KozakJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Not so fast Jack….

    RCP Just pulled back PA, GA and AZ

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    • November 9, 2020, at 3:50 PM PST
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  3. Ekosj Member

    Dr Emanuel supports distributing vaccine according to the Fair Priority Model. Among other things, it advocates a metric called SEYLL – Standard expected years of life lost. This metric places little value on saving lives of the elderly. So they’ll say they are “following the science” but they’ll be practicing geronticide.

    In a policy report published on Thursday in Science, 19 public health experts laid out an ethical framework called the Fair Priority Model. It is geared toward three principles: benefiting people and limiting harm, prioritizing countries already disadvantaged by poverty or low life expectancy, and avoiding discrimination.

    The Fair Priority Model includes three phases. The first is designed to reduce premature death. To guide distribution decisions during this phase, the authors propose using a health metric called standard expected years of life lost (SEYLL), which calculates years of life lost because of the pandemic in each country by comparing premature deaths with global life expectancies.


    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-decide-who-should-get-a-covid-19-vaccine-first/

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    • November 9, 2020, at 3:57 PM PST
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  4. CACrabtree Coolidge

    Maybe it’s just my imagination but, to me, Ezekiel Emanuel is a dead ringer for Lavrentiy Beria (and probably just as vicious).

    In keeping with Biden’s (supposed) Catholic faith, I suspect that he will be given a dispensation. (Along with the rest of the new Ruling Class.)

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    • November 9, 2020, at 4:05 PM PST
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  5. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Joe might have thought a bit more about that appointment. Assuming, of course, thinking is still present between his ears.

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    • November 9, 2020, at 4:07 PM PST
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  6. Dotorimuk Coolidge

    If abortion, why not euthanasia? It’s totally on brand.

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    • November 9, 2020, at 4:07 PM PST
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  7. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Uh, it’s called “Death with Dignity”, not euthanasia. And it is already approved by many countries and multiple states in the US.

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    • November 9, 2020, at 4:19 PM PST
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  8. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jon,

    Zeke is the epitome of what I refer to as a renaissance fascist. Make no mistake, he really should be in the brown uniform with the swastika arm patch. Zeke’s resume is so impressive, here in America we are always impressed by resumes, that we just sort of let him off the hook. This is a killer. Take a good look at grandma & grandpa as this guy would put them down in the blink of an eye.

    I hate renaissance fascists.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • November 9, 2020, at 4:27 PM PST
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  9. Vance Richards Member
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    So, he wants 75 year old people to die or just to renew?

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    • November 9, 2020, at 4:29 PM PST
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  10. Sweezle Member

    Emanuel is truly awful. But good for RCP Kozak. 

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    • November 9, 2020, at 4:44 PM PST
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  11. Ekosj Member

    CACrabtree (View Comment):
    Maybe it’s just my imagination but, to me, Ezekiel Emanuel is a dead ringer for Lavrentiy Beria (and probably just as vicious).

    i see it. It’s the little glasses, receding hairline and overall ‘soft’ features. I think Beria’s head is a bit more blockish.

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    • November 9, 2020, at 4:57 PM PST
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  12. Jon Gabriel, Ed. King
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    So, he wants 75 year old people to die or just to renew?

    “Enter the Carousel. This is the time of renewal”

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    • November 9, 2020, at 5:02 PM PST
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  13. Ward Robles Member

    Not that I particularly want to defend a political appointee who just happens to be Rahm Emmanuel’s brother, but the criticisms above miss the mark entirely. The author is defending his choice to accept only palliative care after age 75:

    “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…. I am not saying that those who want to live as long as possible are unethical or wrong. I am certainly not scorning or dismissing people who want to live on despite their physical and mental limitations. I’m not even trying to convince anyone I’m right. Indeed, I often advise people in this age group on how to get the best medical care available in the United States for their ailments. That is their choice, and I want to support them… And I am not advocating 75 as the official statistic of a complete, good life in order to save resources, ration health care, or address public-policy issues arising from the increases in life expectancy. What I am trying to do is delineate my views for a good life and make my friends and others think about how they want to live as they grow older.”

    As for me, if palliative care means women, booze, fast cars and gambling, I’m all in.

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    • November 9, 2020, at 5:32 PM PST
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  14. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Ward Robles (View Comment):

    Not that I particularly want to defend a political appointee who just happens to be Rahm Emmanuel’s brother, but the criticisms above miss the mark entirely. The author is defending his choice to accept only palliative care after age 75:

    “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…. I am not saying that those who want to live as long as possible are unethical or wrong. I am certainly not scorning or dismissing people who want to live on despite their physical and mental limitations. I’m not even trying to convince anyone I’m right. Indeed, I often advise people in this age group on how to get the best medical care available in the United States for their ailments. That is their choice, and I want to support them… And I am not advocating 75 as the official statistic of a complete, good life in order to save resources, ration health care, or address public-policy issues arising from the increases in life expectancy. What I am trying to do is delineate my views for a good life and make my friends and others think about how they want to live as they grow older.”

    As for me, if palliative care means women, booze, fast cars and gambling, I’m all in.

    Ward,

    Palliative care means whatever Zeke wants it to mean whenever Zeke wants it to mean that. My advice is to keep Zeke as far away from grandma & grandpa as you can.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • November 9, 2020, at 5:36 PM PST
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  15. Ekosj Member

    Ward Robles (View Comment):

    Not that I particularly want to defend a political appointee who just happens to be Rahm Emmanuel’s brother, but the criticisms above miss the mark entirely. The author is defending his choice to accept only palliative care after age 75:

    “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…. I am not saying that those who want to live as long as possible are unethical or wrong. I am certainly not scorning or dismissing people who want to live on despite their physical and mental limitations. I’m not even trying to convince anyone I’m right. Indeed, I often advise people in this age group on how to get the best medical care available in the United States for their ailments. That is their choice, and I want to support them… And I am not advocating 75 as the official statistic of a complete, good life in order to save resources, ration health care, or address public-policy issues arising from the increases in life expectancy. What I am trying to do is delineate my views for a good life and make my friends and others think about how they want to live as they grow older.”

    As for me, if palliative care means women, booze, fast cars and gambling, I’m all in.

    I think his advocacy of SEYLL belies his assertion that these views ONLY represent his personal position.

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    • November 9, 2020, at 5:40 PM PST
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  16. MarciN Member

    It is so typical of the Democrats to take every position they can find on any issue. Throughout the Biden campaign, the Democrats accused Trump thus:

    When we do not have competent, experienced, compassionate leaders in government, the
    American people suffer. That is the case with the novel coronavirus. President Trump and his
    Administration missed multiple opportunities to protect the American people from this deadly
    pathogen. Instead of recognizing the danger and confronting it head-on, President Trump lied to
    the American people about the disease’s severity, its transmissibility, and the threat it posed to
    lives and livelihoods.

    Make no mistake: President Trump’s abject failure to respond forcefully and capably to the
    COVID-19 pandemic—his failure to lead—makes him responsible for the deaths of tens of
    thousands of Americans.

    Given the percentage of covid-19 deaths that occurred in the over-75 age group, why are they complaining again? 

    By the way, the false accusations made by the Democrats concerning Trump’s handling of this virus are my number one complaint against them. I have never seen such lies before. They have really outdone themselves. These lies are the biggest fraud they waged in the election. They are truly disgusting people. 

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    • November 9, 2020, at 6:34 PM PST
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  17. Biden Pure Demagogue Coolidge
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    • November 9, 2020, at 8:20 PM PST
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  18. KevinKrisher Coolidge

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Ward Robles (View Comment):

    Not that I particularly want to defend a political appointee who just happens to be Rahm Emmanuel’s brother, but the criticisms above miss the mark entirely. The author is defending his choice to accept only palliative care after age 75:

    “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…. I am not saying that those who want to live as long as possible are unethical or wrong. I am certainly not scorning or dismissing people who want to live on despite their physical and mental limitations. I’m not even trying to convince anyone I’m right. Indeed, I often advise people in this age group on how to get the best medical care available in the United States for their ailments. That is their choice, and I want to support them… And I am not advocating 75 as the official statistic of a complete, good life in order to save resources, ration health care, or address public-policy issues arising from the increases in life expectancy. What I am trying to do is delineate my views for a good life and make my friends and others think about how they want to live as they grow older.”

    As for me, if palliative care means women, booze, fast cars and gambling, I’m all in.

    I think his advocacy of SEYLL belies his assertion that these views ONLY represent his personal position.

    In the same way that Biden is PERSONALLY opposed to abortion. The term can be translated as “not really.”

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    • November 10, 2020, at 3:27 AM PST
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  19. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Joe might have thought a bit more about that appointment. Assuming, of course, thinking is still present between his ears.

    Thinking for Joe has always been a challenge regardless of age.

     

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    • November 10, 2020, at 3:42 AM PST
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  20. Manny Member

    Ok. Here we go. All the lefty nut jobs will be coming out of the woodwork and getting into the administration. 

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    • November 10, 2020, at 6:07 AM PST
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  21. JamesSalerno Coolidge

    The left in a nutshell – humanity is a plague on the earth and needs to be eliminated. All of their beliefs and policies start with that premise.

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    • November 10, 2020, at 6:23 AM PST
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  22. CACrabtree Coolidge

    Manny (View Comment):

    Ok. Here we go. All the lefty nut jobs will be coming out of the woodwork and getting into the administration.

    Well, that’s a dance that both parties are guilty of. When one party goes out of power, its appointees don’t just go home and actually look for some productive employment. They hang around Washington, make a lot of money as “consultants”, bide their time, and, when their party gets back into power, run back to feed at the public trough.

    So, that’s why we’ll be seeing the likes of Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes again (along with an entire battalion of lower level losers).

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    • November 10, 2020, at 10:22 AM PST
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  23. DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… Coolidge

    CACrabtree (View Comment):
    So, that’s why we’ll be seeing the likes of Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes again

    Two Islamist-licking criminals who never met a mullah they didn’t want to bow down to.

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    • November 10, 2020, at 11:20 AM PST
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  24. CACrabtree Coolidge

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    CACrabtree (View Comment):
    So, that’s why we’ll be seeing the likes of Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes again

    Two Islamist-licking criminals who never met a mullah they didn’t want to bow down to.

    Also, two criminals, like so many in Washington, who have never done a lick of work in their entire lives!

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    • November 10, 2020, at 11:33 AM PST
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  25. MiMac Thatcher

    I have to disagree with your premise- I think Biden’s situation completely supports Ezekiel’s premise- he thinks life after 75 is just a steady, unseemly, decline into decrepitude. And looking at Biden you have to agree…….

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    • November 10, 2020, at 4:03 PM PST
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