Bloomberg May be Toast After Implying we Shouldn’t Treat Some Elderly Patients

The former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg did not have a good media day today. A couple of old clips surfaced, one about farmers and the other about medical treatments for the elderly.

The first clip that came out this morning is from a speech Bloomberg gave at Oxford’s business school in 2016, “I could teach anybody – even people in this room, no offense intended – to be a farmer,” Bloomberg said. “It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that.” Bloomberg then moved on to industrial jobs, “then we had 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal in the lathe, you turn the crank in direction of an arrow, and you can have a job,”

Bloomberg then explained that technology jobs are “fundamentally different, because it’s built around replacing people with technology and the skill sets you need to learn are how to think and analyze and that is a whole degree level different, you need to have different skill set. You have to have a lot more gray matter.”

On the same day, a video of Bloomberg talking with the Segal family in 2011 also surfaced. In the clip, Bloomberg is talking about a solution to the enviably of healthcare “bankrupting us”. His solution, to turn away the elderly for treatment of chronic conditions such as a 95-year-old with cancer.

The video has received some backlash from both the left and the right. See Bernie supporter comments below:

House minority whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) also weighed in on Twitter.

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