Joe Biden has just tapped Ezekiel Emanuel, the chief architect of Obamacare (and brother of “never waste a crisis” Rahm Emanuel) as an advisor on healthcare issues. Ezekiel is most famous for insisting that healthcare must be rationed, and the elderly must perforce get the short end of the rationing stick. The reason: he has a strictly utilitarian view of life, which takes no account of the inherent value of human life as such. He is also Jewish. Does anyone else find it tragically ironic that a Jew of all people would advance policy prescriptions that are in all but name based on the Lebensunwertes Leben principle? To be sure, Ezekiel has not advocated for outright euthanasia as the progenitors of that principle did. He is not a monster. But his policy prescriptions, if implemented, would have the same practical effect if the elderly were cut off from life-prolonging medical procedures on the basis of utilitarian calculations about the value of their lives relative to the lives of younger people.
UPDATE: Commenter Jerry states:
Will Emanuel, if Biden is elected and then appointed, advise Biden that he seek no medical treatment while president since he will be 78+. If true, I can see the race for Vice President being extremely cut throat. I mean that rhetorically and not actually.
To which Homer would probably reply “Doh!” (I mean Homer Simpson, not, well, Homer. I am BA, not KF after all.)