The head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and bioethics professor Dr. Arthur Caplan, has a plan on how to deal with the tens of millions of Americans who have not yet received their COVID vaccines.
Shame them and blame them.
And then punish them.
Those are the ethics of the guy in charge of all the medical ethics goings on at NYU’s medical school.
Dr. Caplan made his feelings clear during an interview Wednesday morning with CNN’s sympathetic “New Day” host, John Berman.
Berman told Caplan that he gets the “idea of creating a moral standard here” and “being willing to judge” people who don’t get shots. Then Berman, who has repeatedly made the logical case against going out of one’s way to protect the unvaccinated, asked, “Why should anyone who is boosted bother, at this point, to do anything that makes the unvaccinated more safe.”
Caplan responded that though he wants Americans to “act as a team” and doesn’t want to “reject those who still haven’t done the right thing” by getting the jabs, he will gladly “condemn them” and “shame them” and then “blame them.”
Beyond that, he claims it’s time to punish them even more than we already have.
“We can penalize them more,” he added. “We can say, ‘You’ve got to pay more on your hospital bill if you weren’t vaccinated. You can’t get life insurance or disability insurance at affordable rates if you aren’t vaccinated.’ Those companies should not treat us as equals in terms of what the financial burdens are that that disease imposes.”
“I can think of a number of ways in which we should say, ‘Here’s the stick. Get on board,'” he concluded.
Berman, naturally, sat there nodding in approval and then followed Caplan’s remarks with his own lamentations over those unvaccinated people who just aren’t “behaving.”
“It’s the unvaccinated who aren’t wearing masks,” Berman stated. “It’s the unvaccinated who aren’t social distancing. It’s the unvaccinated going to crowded indoor events.” (Berman is the same CNN host who went out of his way to cover for Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s blatant mask hypocrisy last summer.)
“There’s this bizarre irony here that the ones who are behaving are being told to behave 10 times more so,” he added.