You stop contributing to society at 75 ?

Why I Hope to Die at 75     By Ezekiel J. Emanuel

In his controversial essay that appears in the October issue of The Atlantic, the prominent bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argues that longevity — living into your 80s, 90s and beyond — often comes at the expense of quality of life. Emanuel says he will be perfectly content if he dies at age 75.

Emanuel, the director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and head of the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, helped develop President Obama’s health care reform law. Emanuel makes it clear that he is not arguing for euthanasia or assisted suicide at a certain age.

Instead, he wants to call attention to “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.” Emanuel argues that in their oldest of years, people tend to see their creative output decline and contribute less to society.

Remember when the initial discussion on Obamacare and there was rumors of “death panels”… this fellow was one of the major architect of Obamacare .. Maybe it is not so much as “pulling the plug” and NOT PUTTING THE PLUG IN.. in the first place ?

9 Responses

  1. There are some people who are at their most productive in their 60s to 80s so there is a matter of perspective to be considered here

  2. […] You stop contributing to society at 75 ? […]

  3. […] Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel one of the people involved with the creation of ACA (Obamacare) suggested in 2014 that people should be willing to “walk away” from being a cost to society when they are 75. You stop contributing to society at 75 ? […]

  4. Couldn’t agree more!

  5. I plan to stop way before age 75!!

  6. No he’s not outright calling for euthanasia, he’s just twisting his definition of’s called ‘rationing of healthcare’ and he’s still for the ‘death panels’ though he’s not officially calling them that now. The bill hasnt changed, its all still in there, the mandate your doctor has in your chart discussion and documentation of your end of life care. There are sections about panels that will decide at certain ages whether or not a hip replacement will be benificial based on your age vs your productivity to society, etc.He hasn’t changed his views in the least. BTW…did you all know he’s Mayor Rahm’s (of chicago) brother? Go back and re read the bill that was passed. Remember what Nancy said “We have to pass the bill to see what’s in it”. Well alot of it is still there and unless we all get out and vote and get some changes made especially in the Senate, it will all still be there folks.

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