A resurfaced video of billionaire and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg emerged over the week that showed him discussing health care while visiting a Jewish family in 2011, where he said that elderly cancer patients should be denied treatment in order to cut health care costs.
Bloomberg, who was then New York City’s mayor, 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 we’re going to do, and which things we’re not, nobody wants to do that,” Bloomberg said in the video.
Bloomberg made the comments while visiting the grieving family whose brother had died after reportedly waiting for 73 hours in an emergency room.
“You know, if 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. There’s no cure, and we can’t do anything.’ If you’re a young person we should do something about it. Society is not willing to do that yet,” Bloomberg continued.
Bloomberg later praised the socialized medicine that Europe has, suggesting that it was better than America’s health care system.
“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,” Bloomberg said. “In Europe it’s about $3,300, less than half, their life expectancy 2-3 years greater.”
Bloomberg also said in a 2011 video that too many young black and Latino men “don’t know how to behave in the workplace.”
With his past statements, the New York billionaire has faced increased scrutiny as he has continued to rise in Democratic primary polls, according to LifeNews.