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Bloomberg: Elderly Cancer Patients Should Be Denied Treatment To Cut Costs

Billionaire and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said in a 2011 video that elderly cancer patients should be denied treatment in order to cut health care costs.

“All of these costs keep going up, nobody wants to pay anymore money, and at the rate we’re going, health care is going to bankrupt us,” warned Bloomberg, who was then New York City’s mayor.

“We’ve got to sit here and say which things we’re going to do, and which things we’re not, nobody wants to do that. y’know, if you show up with prostate cancer, 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.’ If you’re a young person, we should do something about it,” Bloomberg said in the video.

“Society’s not ready to do that yet,” he complained.

Bloomberg made the comments while visiting a grieving family whose brother had died after reportedly waiting 73 hours in an emergency room.

His presidential campaign didn’t return a request for comment.

The New York billionaire has faced increased scrutiny over past statements as he has continued to rise in Democratic primary polls.

Bloomberg’s fellow Democrats have criticized him for his past aggressive defense of stop-and-frisk policies in New York has led to criticism from fellow Democrats.

Bloomberg has also faced criticism for a 2011 video saying that too many young black and Latino men “don’t know how to behave in the workplace.”

Reprinted with Permission from - Conservative Daily News - by Peter Hasson

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5 months ago

What an answer by a someone who is supposed to be an educated person. So with him as a president we wouldn’t take care of elderly people since they’ll die soon anyway? Another checkmark for not voting for a democrat.

Wayne D Peterkin
5 months ago

A stupid comment by Bloomberg for sure made far worse by not defining clearly what age he considers “elderly” and whether the disease is treatable or not. The example he cited of a 95 year-old with prostate cancer (may or may not have been treatable) made his remark appear somewhat more reasonable but without the specifics, the details, that he omitted it becomes an immoral, irresponsible, crass comment deserving of no support from any senior at least. Does anyone think that this insanely wealthy twit would forego treatment on himself?

5 months ago

Does that include him in the event he succumbs to cancer. How about every politician working in congress. How about his good friend Judge Judy, that is campaigning for him.
Liberals will always give the shirt off their back as long as it’s not their shirt.

5 months ago

Bloomberg is missing the point that in some cases, that 90 year old person paid a lot of taxes into the system during their working years. That money would be worth a tremendous amount in today’s dollars. If that person had kept the money and invested it, they could probably pay for the surgery themselves.

5 months ago

Not Only does he not understand the American way, he has no clue of what love means. Something like this in the White House. No, we don’t need it.

5 months ago

“I am from the Government and will decide on external factors whether you will get treatment or not. Who did you vote for?” and other factors. Germany in the 1930s had their ideas of who should get ‘health care’. Don’t let that happen here.

Annie S
5 months ago

Looks like he’s too old for care also.

Glenn Lego
5 months ago

Just the same answer Obama gave when jobs left the USA and moved overseas. “Those jobs aren’t coming back so learn a new one. ” Such encouragement from the Debbie Downer-crat Party.

5 months ago

Mini Mike is disgusting. The next thing will be we are over populated so the Seniors should die, healthy or not. He has also been on the
farmers of America with insults about intelligence and education. We also have the stop and frisk comments. What will be next. Anyone
who votes for him, deserves what they get. Going back on the original Seniors comment, I wonder what he would do if he was in the
same boat at 95. Want to bet!!!

Lynda Buchholz
5 months ago

I guess I don’t understand. Most of us pay for our own healthcare and or insurance. When we can’t what is subsidized is also paid by taxes we pay. I am sure Bloomberg wages are paid out of money Americans have paid in taxes. I think if they spent our tax money we work hard for, more responsibly there won’t be any bankruptcy. Maybe we should drop the wages our government people get? Stop sending it overseas to countries who hate us? Stop wasting money in our own country. Help our own people who paid their taxes all their years.

5 months ago

Bloomberg has forgotten something, or doesn’t care. Elderly folks are a major voting bloc. This will be remembered when it’s time to vote. Mr. Bloomberg isn’t God, although he’s trying to be.

5 months ago

He has no concept of what Republic means.

Nancy Lipkins
5 months ago

OK lets start with Bloomberg he can be the first OLD person to be denied health care. He doesn’t realize that he is an OLD man. or maybe he thinks he’s one of the elite???????????

Linda Hutson
5 months ago

Bloomberg has deep, deep financial ties to China and In my opinion to George Soros as well!

Mike Nelson
5 months ago

Although I disagree with most everything that “Doomberg” supports, I do agree that we need to overhaul our private and public healthcare systems – without a Federal heavy hand. He is partially correct that there is not a lot of treatment options for a 95 year old prostate cancer patient, IF the stage is 2 or higher, any type of invasive surgery would hasten the patient’s demise. As a mature American with prostate cancer, I have often wished I had delayed treatment, as the side effects have certainly decreased my quality of life – and in many cases, other age… Read more »

5 months ago

This clearly shows Bloomberg’s lack of understanding about medical care. “Treatment” does not necessarily mean the most expensive or radical therapy that is available. Fro example, a 90 year old man with prostate cancer can be treated using medication that does not break the bank, but is still effective. To make a general statement like this shows his ignorance and his lack of caring about people.

5 months ago

I will accede to Bloomington’s concepts of inappropriate application of resources when he realizes the inappropriate nature of his running for president.

Lawrence Greenberg
5 months ago

Like the self-anointed elitist he is (because he has a big bank account), he is just like the pigs in Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” IOW, if an “important” person like him needs expensive medical care, no problem, but if it is one of “the peasants” like you and me, then we should just go home and die since we are not worth the cost. Nice. So how many of you want this guy in The White House?

Dr. Cicero
5 months ago

We must remember that Mini Mike is too rich to get old and get cancer, that makes him exempt.

Press ONE for English
5 months ago

What, I should be surprised? These are the same people who kill unborn babies as a matter of convenience, and then celebrate it! This is a good reason to visit that topic and start a real, meaningful discussion (assuming the left is capable of such). Much of what he says is true. While it is far too simplistic to say we should start denying access to medical care to any subset of society, it is equally simplistic to say that we should pay for everything for everybody. Health care concerns aside, Bloomberg holds promise to make this a most entertaining,… Read more »

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