VIDEO: Do students trust the government to distribute the COVID vaccine?
With talk of a coronavirus vaccine on the horizon, students were asked if they prefer a more socialized healthcare system, and how the new vaccine should be rationed.
But what do students think when they hear what Biden’s COVID advisor has said about living past 75?
With multiple COVID-19 vaccines on the verge of approval, Campus Reform went to the University of Virginia to ask students for their thoughts on what a health care system under a Joe Biden presidency could look like.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been declared by multiple media outlets as the President-elect, says he does not support "Medicare for all," which would involve eliminating the private health insurance market. Rather, he supports allowing Americans to keep their private insurance if they choose to do so, while providing a "public option" for those who do not have or cannot afford private health insurance.
Moving to government-provided health insurance could ultimately mean the government deciding who receives a vaccine, and who doesn't. But is there anyone who doesn't think most Americans should get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Campus Reform uncovered a 2014 op-ed by Obamacare architect and University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy Chair, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who is also on Biden's COVID-19 advisory board.
He wrote for The Atlantic that he "hope[s] to die at 75.
"I am not saying that those who want to live as long as possible are unethical or wrong. I am certainly not scorning or dismissing people who want to live on despite their physical and mental limitations. I’m not even trying to convince anyone I’m right...And I am not advocating 75 as the official statistic of a complete, good life in order to save resources, ration health care, or address public-policy issues arising from the increases in life expectancy. What I am trying to do is delineate my views for a good life and make my friends and others think about how they want to live as they grow older."
Given these statements, do students trust the government to wield such decision-making power? Do they trust this advisor to call the shots? Find out by watching the full video.