Cass Sunstein: Pay No Attention to my Pro-Death Past

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

Theologians often debate the “age of accountability,” the time in a person’s life when he becomes accountable for his actions before God. Obama’s Regulatory Czar, Cass Sunstein, has a unique answer: It must be at least 49.

When Texas Republican Congressman Michael Burgess confronted Sunstein with his own writings, which suggest the government should deny older people medical care, Sunstein said he had written the paper so long ago he should not be held accountable for it.

“I’m a lot older now than the author with my name was,” Cass cooed, “and I’m not sure what I think about what that young man wrote. Things written as an academic are not a legitimate part of what we do as a government official. So, I am not focusing on sentences that a young Cass Sunstein wrote years ago.”

Cass Sunstein, 56, wrote the paper “Lives, Life-Years, and Willingness to Pay” in the long-forgotten days of July 2003, when he was a mere 48-years-old.[1]

The paper was published while Sunstein was at the University of Chicago, before he was recruited to Harvard Law School by then-dean Elena Kagan.

Some ObamaCare Recipients Are More Equal than Others

In his 2003 paper, Sunstein criticized the government for protecting human life as though all lives were equal. Specifically, Sunstein said the government’s method for determining who received medical treatment should be changed; he suggested replacing the “value of a statistical life” (VSL) – which viewed all lives as equal – with the “value of a statistical life year” (VSLY). That means the government should allow young people to receive medical care, if necessary while allowing older people to die, because they will live longer after the procedure is completed.

“No program simply ‘saves lives’; life-extension is always what is at issue,” Sunstein lectured. “If the goal is to promote people’s welfare by lengthening their lives, a regulation that saves 500 life-years (and, let us say, twenty five people) is, other things equal, better than a regulation that saves 50 life-years (and, let us say, twenty five people).”

He laid bare his preference: “I urge that the government should indeed focus on statistical life-years rather than statistical lives,” he wrote. “A program that saves young people produces more welfare than one that saves old people.”

“Older people are treated worse for only one reason: They are older”….

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I don't care what Ass-stain has to say! I'm not gonna listen to that crap!

  2. Carolyn Carpenter says:

    It's a shame the front, main page of this blog doesn't have a comment place. Surely I am not the only person to notice which finger Obama is holding up!!!

    • You should have seen the montage"(sp) that was shown right after his speech in Waco and Austin. It seems he gives a lot of speeches with his middle finger.

  3. A miraculous change in mental facility since 2003 ???
    When found to have radical ideas that he can not be percieved to be in agreement with… out comes the old I was young and foolish testimony.
    As with all Obummers buds watch what they do not what is issued from their ugly evil mouths.

  4. A true idiot makes a great CZAR for Hussein ??

  5. ChickenLady says:

    That arrogant bastage talks about human life as if it is nothing more than a bunch of numbers.

  6. Bippy Bellito says:

    Of course we won't pay any attention to what you said. We did the same with Obama and look at the mess we are now in. Each time Obama screws up, he tells us to forget about it! Judging by the polls, some still do! How many times can Abraham Lincoln be proven right. "You can't fool all of the people all of the time". Get Lost!

  7. The SOB sure be made to apolize to us older people.

  8. Texas Granny says:

    This article is precisely why I will not take Obamacare. I am 64 and what do you think one of Obama's flunky Death Panel members would tell me. I also will not pay the fine for not taking Obama's Death care. Why should we Seniors pay for the right to die in my own country? I feel truly sorry for Cass Sunstein, Obama and others of their ilk as they don't believe that they will pay for their actions, but of course they will.

  9. Texas Granny says:

    I think that we Seniors should band together and demand that it is our right to no longer pay taxes in this country since we have so little value to this regime. I am certain they would throw a fit.

  10. skipfoss says:

    Since this bastard wants to put us seniors to death so quickly I would like to put a 357 upside his head and ask him if he would like to ask for help as we will have to do under his plan

  11. So he indoctrinates his young marxists into his idealogue, and then grows up and becomes more passive in wishing death to all over 49. LIar liar liar. He is a deeply converted Peter Singer protege. They both want to have 150 million populace in all of North America, ANd with their input in Obamaocare,They will do it in less than 5 years. $500 billion cut from medicare obamaocare, Cardiologists pay cut %75, no new permits for hospitals, removing thousands of drugs from the market etc etc
    This man is a marxist, he has absolutely no credibility. Look AT THE policie she has implemented since he has been a csar. His death wish is under the radar, but LAW> He i s still a geriatric and infanticide condoner, He forgot the part of taking out babies under the age of 2 they have no awareness.

    • Hey Texasdraw, have you seen that video, Obama changing his name in Canada?…It tells who his Father was…non of those so faar designated!! Tells where he was born not Kenya or Hawaii, and a lot of other things about him…Hios election was cut and dried when he was a teenager!! and he goes on with proof of these things…You have to fix the (dot)!! http://www.youtube(dot)com/watch?v=-fmtJ5kh-50&am

  12. Way to go wise guy killing off an older person was in your past writing. A leopard cannot change their spots.

  13. If medical Science had not advanced so far due to taxpayers money/grants, we wouldn't need to debate this at all. The care would go to the younger people who are needed to continue our society and it would likely be minimal. But, medical Science is very advanced and medical care is pretty easy to get, so why would we have to choose who gets it and who doesn't? How about those who are sick? That really makes sense in a civilized society. Preventative care for the elderly makes sense too. Our government is determined to allow millions of illegals to come here & live off taxpayers money, giving them access to free medical care and whatever else they want/need, but those who have worked, paid into, created and kept our society strong all these years should just die when we get older?
    We are all worth living as long as we can. What makes another human being decide who is, and who isn't?

    • California70 says:

      Loral Orow,
      Well said. Except one must now realize that our government IS AGAINST the American taxpayer and IS FOR the illegals because they now vote. No matter that they vote illegally, nobody cares. That's why the government put in Motor Voter, so the illegals can vote.
      Our constitution does not say that the American Taxpayer should be paying for all these illegals. They are the one main reason why America is so broke.

  14. I am basically the same person with the same mindset that I had when I was 21, now 61, so a person's beliefs system is set by the age of 21. Cass Sunstein is a deceiver as his ideologies were already set before he was 40. Cass Sunstein statement is like being Obama being Christian for 20 years while now promoting Islam and suppressing Christianity, both men are deceptive. This kind of mind set is rampant in the Obama Administration and these deceivers are who Obama wants in his Cabinet and as his advisors. Obama said he was going to fundamentally change America and he is changing the USA to a Socialist State. Socialism has always been oppressive and has always failed the people, but why should a modern Socialist like Obama care about past proven failures when and if Socialism is installed replacing our Constatution he will be in power until he dies. Wake up Liberals, Socialism is not even for you because it has never worked for anyone.

  15. ALFRED E. NEUMAN says:

    WHEN WILL THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY REALIZE THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY PROGRESSIVES, AND THAT IS THE BEGGINNING OF THE END AS WE KNOW THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

  16. ALFRED E. NEUMAN says:

    NO HE IS NOT SICK! HE IS A DEMON OUT OF THE PIT OF HELL DOING THE BIDDING OF SATAN. THAT IS IT PURE AND SIMPLE. IT IS CALLED BY THE KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS, JESUS CHRIST PURE UNADULTERATED "SIN"! WHETHER OR NOT YOU BELIEVE IT IS TOTALLY IMMATERIAL. FOR TRUTH IS TRUTH AND SATAN CANNOT MAKE IT INTO A "LIE".

  17. A. Freeman says:

    Get Cass Sunstein out of office before he gets YOU!!!

  18. I hate people that are so arrogant, same as ignorant, exist and they actually think they have the right to decide anything of consequence for anybody. True Americans have done ourselves an injustice by letting this slip by us. I hope 2012 won't be too late. What worries me is the stupid judges just don't rule against obamacare instantly after all most of them are over 60 or 70. They must think it only effects the little people.

  19. Michel Finerty says:

    This is exactly what Sara Palin ment when she tlked about the "DEATH PANEL" This Cass Sunstein is a mnster. If you are older, then the government ill decide if t is worth the medical expense to keep an older person alive or let that person die so the government can use those funds to help a youger person who will be a more porductive worker fr the government. WOW, Obomma appointed this commie as on of his czars. Beware of obomma care. How would you react if it were one of your loved ones!!!

  20. A. Freeman says:

    I guess this is how Obama intends to cut Social Security cost in the next decades. Obama care will stop giving life giving medical care to retiring baby boomers. Why, because in their ideology we are poor tax-paying-units now that we are old. It is obvious now why the Obama medical system is being put in place. It is to push us into the grave as fast as they can to save money. If that happens then we-the-people have no choice but to take matters into our own hands and protect the lives of the very young and the old against an evil tyranny.

  21. Angryguy says:

    Cass Sunstein has worked with a quasi-terrorist organization for years before being drafted by the narcissist-in-chief. Their name? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Sunstein said those things because he thinks animals are more important than people.

  22. I would like to hear Cass say he disagrees with Bill Gates , in Public In front of Bill Gates

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrJBY2l1MQQ

  23. A global cabal gathers; plans new world order
    http://radiopatriot.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/a-gl

    Oh I bet this guy will be there ….. Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/us/politics/26d

  24. Betsy K. Larsen says:

    Anyone out there old enough to remember “Logan’s Run”? Ha! If you are over 30, you are “too old” to live! you must be recycled………..!! hahahaha!!! I am over, and past 30! Guess my “usefulness” has reached it’s end. yep, tell that to my husband…….my sick husband. Another “haha!!!” I can outwork anyone young enough to be my grandkid, if they are looking for “USELESS”, look at those who are under 18! That has been proven by the last election, look at what we have for “president’, thanks to those under the age of 21! A proven fact, the brain has not fully developed at this younger age, yet, they are worth spending more on? If they haven’t develped a “BRAIN” by the age of 18, then they aren’t going to from what I see from our oh, so valuable “younger” people! It was their brainless votes that put us where we are right now. The girl from Austin Texas who said “Austin has always been weird, let’s keep it weird” just made my point for me. Youth. The absolute and utter stupidity that is displayed by them is unbeleiveable. it is the older people, of which I am one, their little fingers are worth more than the whole body of just ONE teenager! It is they who have given their lives for this country, whether alive or dead, these people are worth each and very dime this stupid bunch of freaks in office may spend on them! It is what this country OWES them for their sacrifices and for their wisdom! I see the youth of this country, and what I see does not inspire me at all, no work ethics to speak of, and less intelligence than my dogs! educated fools is what they are, and I do not want to give my future retirement money to a one of them! They have not, nor will they, ever earn it as so many of the older generation has done!!! This Cass person is my age, and he should know better. The fact that he doesn’t shows that as a younger person, he was just as stupid as the younger generation is today! And, he needs to “grow up” and “get a clue”!!!! He is getting to the age where he may need the help from our government himself, the same as so many elderly folks do right now, today! Shame on him, but he knows no such thing! Many in his position has no clue as to what the word means, which only goes further in proving my point! As a youth, his brain never developed properly! dumbass!!!

  25. Ridge Runner says:

    This sob is just one more of the sobs in the gov. that we need to hang by the neck until dead on the statue of liberty to show these bastards that we are serous about saving our country. then maybe the rest of the trash will vacate willingly.

  26. Ass Sumstain is a progressive, marxist, hateful, murderous, conspirator, Obama consultant.
    Our entire system is run by evil thinkers, pay no attention to what any of them say, or have said in the past, their communist brains don’t work correctly. It’s past due time to arrest, charge and detain without bail the whole damned gang of America destroyers. This admini-satan can’t be trusted, they have all proven themselves time and time again without question, to be Constituion hating, freedom thieving, brainwashing, malicious commies. These are enimies of truth and justice. New York Harbor is filled with tears from our Statue of Liberty. Will we stand by and watch her Bible and torch be replaced with the coran and hammer? Where are the leaders of our legal system who have the power to reverse this evil reign begin the healing process for this Great Nation? Do the right thing and build your case, the evidence is crystal clear.

  27. M W Baumeister says:

    Cass, you are a senior. Are you exempt?

  28. We should find out where each one of these asswipes live and surround their homes as the unions have done in the past with bankers families. It is time to call to action to rid our country of these lowlife czars and court judges who have an evil agenda to fill.

  29. Billy Cooper says:

    HEY SENIORS, THESE FOLKS WE HAVE ELECTED AND SENT TO WASHINGTON, KEEP LETTING OBAMA GET AWAY WITH HAVING THESE CZARS AROUND TO ADVISE HIM. BECAUSE HE SURE AS HELL DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO. BUT IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THEY DONT HAVE A LOT OF USE FOR US SENIORS ANY MORE. AFTER ALL WE WORKED, PAID OUR TAXES, PAID OUR SOCIAL SECURITY, PLAYED BY THE RULES, AND NOW SOME OBAMA SZAR, "SAYW WE ARE A DRAIN ON THE GOVERNBMENT. WE SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN MEDICAL SERVICES ANY LONGER. LET THEM JUST DIE". SORRY NO GOOD SOB'S.

  30. DOES THIS NOT SOUND LIKE A SARAH PALIN COMMENT MADE DURING HER RUN , SHE WARNED ABOUT DEATH COMMITTEES AND THEY SAID SHE WAS A FEAR MONGER. MY FEAR IS THAT SHE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT

  31. California70 says:

    Mr. Cass Sunstein's Opinions and writings are definately UNAMERICAN. He should be drummed out of the WH along with the rest of Mr. Obama's Czars and also Mr. Obama himself. This Marxist bunch are ruining America and our illustrious Congress and Senate does absolutely NOTHING about it.

    The question should be: Why Not?

    The entire lot of them needs to be impeached and replaced with God Fearing Men!

  32. California70 says:

    4th Cav,
    When is it you think that might happen? I'd say Never.
    Our Congress and Senate could care less.

  33. By the way, which one of the two demons in the photo at the top of this page, is the subject in question?
    Looks like the grim reaper.” A picture is worth a thousand words.” Good work from The White House Watch.

  34. Michael Morgan says:

    These are the words of an arrogant academic with little empathy which is symblomatic of the people the arrogance in chief has surrounde himself with. It is interesting to note that this arrogance is typical of supposed genius level academics.
    It is quite interesting that there are no similar "papers" written by our arrogance-in-chief from the same time frame, from the same institution or for that matter from columbia. We have allowed these people to raise themselves above the resto of us who pay the bills. We have created a cancerous "Aristocracy" that consider themselves our "betters" when in fact they are incapable of anything except esoteric thought. This "Aristocracy" will have to be excised before we can return our country to the people that are paying the bills. Vote for the proposed 28th Ammendment. Insist that it is put on the ballot. The arrogant slugs are a bane on our society and they consort with all of the moochers and looters to destroy the country that has given them the opportunity to live free.
    "Live Free or Die"

  35. .Lives Life-Years and Willingness to Pay. Many analysts however have suggested that the government should rely instead on the value of a statistical life year VSLY in a way that would likely result in significantly lower benefits calculations for elderly people and significantly higher benefits calculations for children the 2003 paper said.. I urge that the government should indeed focus on statistical life-years rather than statistical lives. A program that saves young people produces more welfare than one that saves old people it added.

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