In a clip circulating on social media, Democratic presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says elderly Americans should be denied cancer treatments because of their age.
In the newly unearthed video from 2011, the billionaire is seen speaking with a family in New York mourning the loss of a brother, according to The Yeshiva World.
During the conversation, Bloomberg complained that the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — had driven up health care costs, and predicted that those costs would eventually bankrupt the country.
He then indicated he believes that at a certain age, elderly Americans become a burden to taxpayers and should be denied medical treatment and left to die.
“If you show up with prostate cancer and you’re 95 years old, we should say, ‘Go and enjoy, have a nice [inaudible], live a long life.’ There’s no cure, and we can’t do anything.’
He added, “If you’re a young person, we should do something about it. Society’s not ready to do that yet.”
Bloomberg explaining how healthcare will “bankrupt us,” unless we deny care to the elderly.
“If you show up with cancer & you’re 95 years old, we should say…there’s no cure, we can’t do anything.
A young person, we should do something. Society’s not willing to do that, yet.” pic.twitter.com/7E5UFHXLue
— Samuel D. Finkelstein II (@CANCEL_SAM) February 16, 2020
Bloomberg, who is worth $62 billion, according to Forbes, could, of course, afford any and every measure to extend his own life were he to be stricken with cancer or some other life-threatening illness.
The 78-year-old has proposed a health care plan that includes a “Medicare-like public option” that his website says “would be administered by the federal government but paid for by customer premiums.”
Bloomberg’s big-government health care takeover plan does not specify whether the candidate would institute death panels of unelected bureaucrats to decide which of America’s most vulnerable should be left to die without treatment. However, he has proposed appropriating federal funds to pay for gender reassignment surgery for transgender people.
The media mogul’s government-run health care plan also proposes expanding enrollments under former President Barack Obama’s ACA health care exchange, which he says President Donald Trump has tried to “sabotage.”
His comments about the hypothetical 95-year-old cancer patient were widely criticized on social media.
Death panels here we come so my 72 year old mother should just have to die?Someone who has paid into the tax system since 1964?Suck it mini Mike
— LisaAnne (@LisaAnneGA) February 17, 2020
This idiot is saying that a 95 year old life in not worth saving, which tells you all you need to know about his belief of and caring for his fellow man. What if he wants to choose a lower age, maybe 75, or even 70? A lot of people are still productive and healthy at those ages
— RunLikeGirl530 (@RunLikeGirl530) February 17, 2020
— sandy (@sgalicastro) February 17, 2020
Disgusting. No person with a shred of human decency, morals, ethics, and compassion could ever say something like this.
— Julie Klee (@JulieKlee) February 17, 2020
Bloomberg’s dismissive comments toward elderly Americans are just the latest in a series of recent public relations nightmares for his campaign, which has blasted voters nationwide with more than $400 million in TV ads in recent months.
Comments he made denigrating the intelligence of farmers and factory workers went viral this week. During a December 2016 appearance at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Bloomberg suggested they lack the “grey matter” to work in information technology.
A week ago, the candidate was heard in newly released audio from 2015 defending New York’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy, which critics have argued targeted minority citizens.
“Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murder victims fit one MO. You can just take the description and Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male minorities 15 to 25,” he said in the audio clip.
Bloomberg added: “People say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana who are all minorities!’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why’d we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. And the way you should get the guns out of the kids’ hands is throw them against the wall and frisk them.”
Bloomberg, who apologized for his support of stop-and-frisk just a week before he announced his candidacy in November, was forced to issue another apology.
“I regret that and I have apologized,” he said. “I have taken responsibility for taking too long to understand the impact it had on black and Latino communities.”
In a recent report, The Washington Post also outlined allegations that Bloomberg cultivated an environment that was discriminatory toward women at his company in the 1980s and 1990s.
One former female employee alleges in 1995 Bloomberg found out she was pregnant and told her to “kill it” in regards to her unborn child.
On Saturday, journalist Matt Drudge reported that Bloomberg is considering choosing 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as his running mate should he win the party’s nomination for president.
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