Bloomberg Wants To Deny Healthcare To The Elderly, Idolizes European Healthcare

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg is under fire again after another resurfaced video emerged this week that showed him discussing health care while visiting a Jewish family in 2011 in which he criticized Obamacare and said elderly people should be denied treatment for cancer as a solution for managing excessive demand in the healthcare system.

Bloomberg said, “All of these costs keep going up, nobody wants to pay any more money and at the rate we’re going, health care is going to bankrupt us. So, not only do we have a problem, it’s going to bankrupt us and we’ve got to sit here and say, ‘which things are we going to do and which things we’re not.’ Nobody wants to do that.”

“You know, 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,’” Bloomberg continued. “There’s no cure and you can’t do anything, if you’re a young person we should do something about it. Society is not willing to do that yet, so [health care] is going to bankrupt us and we’re not looking at prophylactic care, we’re not trying to take care of things, so we don’t get sick.”

Bloomberg then praised the socialized healthcare in European countries, saying “If you look in Europe, if you look in Europe, we spend here about $7,000 odd dollars per person per year on health care in the United States. In Europe it’s about $3,300, less than half, their life expectancy 2-3 years greater.”

Bloomberg’s claims are very misleading. The United States effectively subsidizes the creation of drugs and medical devices for the rest of the world. The United States is responsible for the creation of more New Molecular Entities, a completely new therapeutic compound, than the next three countries combined, and more than the entirety of the European countries Bloomberg idolizes.

Further, if you remove vehicular deaths, suicide and homicide from the equation, in order to more accurately compare the quality of healthcare, the United States has one of the highest life expectancies in the world.

A report on health care from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) revealed that the United States is getting superior results in treating ailments like cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

For example, 90 percent of American breast cancer patients lived at least five years after treatment, compared to a survival rate of just 85 percent in the other OECD countries. Additionally, a 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, among seven leading countries, the United States had the highest five-year survival rates for breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer.

The OECD report also found that the American death rates 30 days after a heart attack or stroke were substantially lower than nearly all the other OECD states. A 2018 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association had similar findings.