The fast-rising candidacy of Michael Bloomberg has revealed a number of revelations, including his not-so-blunt views on saving lives versus saving money.
The Daily Caller dug up an eye-opening conversation from 2011 when then-Mayor Bloomberg spoke to a Jewish family that was mourning after a family member had died waiting for care in a hospital emergency room.
According to Snopes, the fact-checking website, Bloomberg was visiting with family members after a rabbi, Moshe Segal, had spent 73 hours in a New York City emergency room before his death. Segal's brother apparently complained about the crowded emergency room and lack of attention his brother had received.
“All these [health care] costs keep going up. Nobody wants to pay any more money,” the billionaire mayor tells them. “And at the rate we’re going, health care is going to bankrupt us.”
Bloomberg then goes on to offer what he seems to view as the solution: Let the sick old folks die but save the young.
“You know,” he continued, “if you show up with prostate cancer, you’re 95 years old, we should say, Go and enjoy. You’ve lived a long life. There’s no cure and you can’t do anything about it.”
Bloomberg went to so suggest that “we should do something about” helping a “young person” fight a cancer diagnosis but said “society” is not “willing to do that, yet,” apparently referring to sending people home to die based on their age.
According to Snopes, the entire video clip is approximately nine minutes long and in it Bloomberg is criticizing the Affordable Care Act for the rising cost of health care.
The Bloomberg campaign did not respond to Snopes for comment, the website said.