One thing that is becoming evident as the United States enters yet another week in the nightmare that is the coronavirus pandemic. The nuts are coming out of the closet.
Enter Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the author of Obamacare. Emanuel is suggesting that the U.S. needs to stay locked down for 1 to 1-1/2 years. Seriously.
First of all, know this about Emanuel. He is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a seabed of far-left lunatics.
He is also the author of that crap pile healthcare bill dumped on the American people by Barack Obama, the “Affordable Care Act,” aka “Obamacare.” And yes, he is related to former Chicago mayor and Attorney General under Obama, Rahm Emanuel.
According to the Daily Wire, Emanuel, an oncology doctor, suggested on MSNBC that short of a vaccine to prevent coronavirus, with estimates saying such a drug will not be available for 12-18 months, he said that people in the U.S. should avoid “conferences, concerts, sporting events, religious services (we bet he really likes that one), and dinner in a restaurant.
Really, he said that.
While recognizing the “economic pain” such a response would cause, he said it would be worth it saying, “The truth is we have no choice.” No choice? This is America. You are damn right we have a choice.
According to an article in The Federalist, referencing an article in Business Insider, “[T]he restaurant industry lost $25 billion in sales and more than three million jobs in the first 22 days of March, as the coronavirus outbreak swept the U.S.”
Based on the survey results, the National Restaurant Association estimates that during the first 22 days of March, the restaurant industry lost an estimated $25 billion in sales and more than 3 million jobs. @NACUFS @URDining https://t.co/pnUe9oJdem
— Ron Inlow (@drinlow) March 27, 2020
Likewise they state, “Roughly 30,000 restaurants have already closed for good across the country, with more than 110,000 expected to shutter in the next month.”
The article continues that take-out or delivery services will not be sufficient in order for these restaurants to survive. Likewise, any government bailouts will not offset whatever money these businesses are losing by being forced to shut down.
Emmanuel started his comments by stating, “No one is immune to the COVID-19 virus. It threatens all of us. But while we are all experiencing the same pandemic, we are not experiencing it in the same way.
The first dividing line is whether you or someone you love has gotten sick. Many Americans have not yet seen firsthand what devastation a positive test can inflict.
Another dividing line is whether you have a job that lets you stay at home, working as you juggle child care and video chats.”
“60 million Americans are still out there not sheltering in place and instead tirelessly working to keep everything going for the rest of us. You keep the electricity flowing and the internet running, food and groceries moving.
You are putting your own health on the line to ensure the rest of us are living as normally as possible.
And then there are the tens of millions of Americans who have lost jobs and businesses, or who fear that they’re just about to. Your anxiety about the virus is coupled with worry over having a paycheck, covering the mortgage, keeping the lights on, and buying food.”
He went on:
“Realistically, COVID-19 will be here for the next 18 months or more. We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications.
I know that’s dreadful news to hear. How are people supposed to find work if this goes on in some form for a year and a half? Is all the economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is we have no choice.”
Emmanuel said that without physical distancing and other measures, it could cause deaths to escalate:
“If we prematurely end that physical distancing and the other measures keeping it at bay, deaths could skyrocket into the hundreds of thousands if not a million. We cannot return to normal until there’s a vaccine. Conferences, concerts, sporting events, religious services, dinner in a restaurant, none of that will resume until we find a vaccine, a treatment or a cure.”
Not for nothing, but this guy is a loon. Once antibody testing is available according to experts, we will be able to get this under control and develop methods to get it under control. At the very least, we would be able to get segments of the economy back to work and try to save our economic future.
According to MarketWatch, government officials and researchers are hoping that the creation and widespread utilization of antibody test would identify who has immunity to the coronavirus.
The article says that there are different variations to how people react to the coronavirus.
Some are asymptomatic, in other words never show symptoms, or only minor symptoms; others get sick but are able to recover at home, while others who contract the virus, about 20% require hospitalization.
For those who are either asymptomatic or recover, MarketWatch says that a serological test which could identify the COVID-19 antibodies would allow those people to return to work and/or reduce the restrictions we currently face as Americans.
Dr. Harvey Fineberg, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health wrote in an April 1 editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine that such a discovery “…would be a game-changer in restarting parts of the economy more quickly and safely.”
Gut Check: So, Where Do Death Panels Come From?: Ezekiel Emanuel, a primary mastermind of Obamacare, wants you… http://t.co/u9UMmLpT9S
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 3, 2014
Emanuel you may recall was a proponent of so-called “death panels” in the initial run-up to Obamacare.
Although they were not specifically referred to by that name, according to the Washington Examiner, Emanuel wrote back as far as 1996 that “services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed.
An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.”
The following is all you need to know about Emanuel. In a lengthy article for The Atlantic, he makes the point that living past the age of 75 really isn’t worth it and suggests that really, once you reach the age of 75, what’s the point of going on? He even says of himself:
“Once I have lived to 75, my approach to my health care will completely change. I won’t actively end my life. But I won’t try to prolong it, either.”
Yeah, we need to take advice from someone with that type of mindset.
Emmanuel continued in the MSNBC interview, saying that he was being realistic:
One thing I’ve learned as a cancer doctor is that it’s wrong to paint an overly rosy picture in order to maintain a patient’s hope. It’s wrong because it fails. It’s false. Biology and disease are formidable opponents that inevitably tell us the truth. We cannot relieve the oppression of this pandemic until we are realistic.
We need to prepare ourselves for his to last 18 months or so for the toll that it will take. We need to develop a long-term solution based on those facts.
IT has to account for what we are losing while this fight goes on, things like schooling and income and contact with our friends and extended family.
In conclusion, he said:
The crisis is not going to go away in a few weeks or after the 30-day plan comes to an end. Although COVID-19 is affecting us in different ways, we have to be up to it and fight together.
No thanks. We need to get through the next couple of weeks, identify where the virus is not having a significant impact, and get America back to work. America does not have the stomach for another 18 days of this nonsense, let alone 18 months.
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