Video: Mike Bloomberg suggests denying elderly Americans healthcare to save money

Michael Bloomberg gives a campaign speech in February, 2020. Photo courtesy of Mike Bloomberg Facebook page.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Michael Bloomberg’s history attempting to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of Americans may have looked like the most damaging policy issue the former New York City Mayor was facing in Maine, but a new video of Bloomberg released this week is challenging that.

The video, from 2011, shows Bloomberg discussing healthcare.

 “If you show up with prostate cancer and you’re 95, we should say ‘go and enjoy, have a nice day, 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,” Bloomberg says in the video.

The suggestion that a prominent Democrat Presidential candidate would support government-run healthcare system refusing care to eligible Americans because of their age or perceived value to the country sent a shockwave across the Presidential campaign.

“Dems don’t want you to know being denied care is the reality of the government-run healthcare they want,” said Rep. Steve Scalise, the Republican Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives when tweeting out the video.

The video release happened as Bloomberg was attempting to roll out a new healthcare policy on his Presidential campaign. Bloomberg’s words stand in stark contrast to President Trump’s repeated vow on the campaign trail not to cut Medicare or Social Security.

While largely ignored by the Maine media, the story circulated on Facebook and Twitter from numerous national political websites.

In Maine, the issue could have particular potency for Bloomberg’s opponents. Maine, the oldest state in the nation, has a median age of 44.4 years old, about 7 years higher than the national average. According to the United States Census data, more than 260,000 Mainers are over the age of 65.

Bloomberg’s ascendance in the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination seems to have triggered a flood of leaked documents and videos. Among those include the former New York City Mayor making derogatory remarks about minorities, a book of Bloomberg’s workplace quotes laced with offensive remarks about women and a video where Bloomberg suggested farmers have less “grey matter” (are not as smart) as those who do the sort of work Bloomberg built his business on.

Bloomberg has, for the first time, qualified for the Democrat Presidential debate stage tonight in Nevada. He ignored the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire and has largely been banking on the “Super Tuesday” states on March 3. Maine is among fourteen states, plus American Samoa that vote on March 3. With Texas, California, Massachusetts and Virginia among the Super Tuesday states, Super Tuesday is the largest pool of delegates up for grabs on any one election day during the months long contest.

You can watch the video of Bloomberg talking about healthcare and denying care to the elderly by clicking here.

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