Santorum Lies About “Death Panels,” Assisted Suicide

Rick Santorum and James Dobson got together at a recent forum in Missouri to spread a pack of lies about those non-existent “death panels” and about the dangers of assisted suicide, the perfect combination to scare the credulous into thinking that Obama wants to kill off grandma. Right Wing Watch reports:

At the American Heartland Forum in Columbia, Missouri before the upcoming presidential primary in the state (which is non-binding and awards zero delegates), Rick Santorum joined Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to push the myth that the recently passed health care reform law would lead to ‘death panels.’ Santorum has made criticism of the law a chief aspect of his campaign and during the event repeated James Dobson’s claim, which he says he learned from a caller on a talk radio show, that stroke patients over the age of 70 “will not be granted treatment,” a charge the Health and Human Services Department called “absolutely false.” Challenging health care reform with debunked smears, unfortunately, is not new from either talk radio or Republican presidential candidates.

To bolster this claim, Santorum rehashed another myth about the dangers of government involvement in healthcare by maintaining that euthanasia represents “10% of all deaths in the Netherlands,” and “ObamaCare” will surely lead the U.S. down a similar path. However, a recent study shows that just 1.8% of all deaths in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal, are a result of physician-assisted suicide, and the rate is going down.

Here’s the video.

httpv://youtu.be/yn-eejMcmuA

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  • Larry

    62.75% of all statistics are made up.

    In the fundy bizzaro world of Mr. Frothy, 100% are.

  • Chiroptera

    It’s gotten to the point that if a Republican told me that the sky is blue I’d wonder when I became color-blind.

  • raven

    The USA is certainly breaking new ground here.

    1. If Gingrich goes to the end, he would be our first sociopathic toad president.

    2. Santorum would be our first completely broken human president.

    3. Bachmann would be our first glassy eyed xian Zombie president.

    4. Romney would be our first nonXian president in a long time.

    I’ve always wondered how living in a dying empire would feel hoped it would all hang together for my lifespan.

  • MikeMa

    Frothy’s distortions and lies seem to be part of the rise up the ladder of GOP politics today. If you do not do it, you will not be considered viable. It would seem Frothy is more apt to believe his own crap, but in the end, it matters little.

  • d cwilson

    James Dobson’s claim, which he says he learned from a caller on a talk radio show, that stroke patients over the age of 70 “will not be granted treatment,”

    I see Dobson gets his info from the same kinds of reliable sources Michele “Some woman walked up to me and told me vaccines cause mental retardation” Bachmann uses.

  • http://rationaldreaming.com tacitus

    For “absolutely false” read “insane”.

    I really hate the brazen lies these holier-than-thou Christians promulgate about national healthcare. There is some rationing, of course, but the rationing already conducted by the for-profit health insurance companies is typically much worse, unless you are lucky enough to have an expensive, gold-plated plan. How many retired 70-year-olds would be able to afford a plan that covered the costs of treating a stroke these days?

    As for nationalized health care overseas, well, one of my brother’s in-laws in the UK was diagnosed with inoperable cancer about a year ago–without treatment, he only had a few months to live. The British NHS offered him a course of radiotherapy to shrink the tumor, saying that it would at least give him a few more months of relatively pain-free life.

    They researched private options (since they have the money) but there was nothing more that private medicine could do over what the NHS was already offering.

    And how old is person? He’s 83 years old.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    If Gingrich goes to the end, he would be our first sociopathic toad president.

    Of course opinions can differ, but doesn’t this description fit Nixon?

  • raven

    Of course opinions can differ, but doesn’t this description fit Nixon?

    These guys are making Nixon look great.

  • The Lorax

    I hope… oh great Flying Spaghetti Monster, please make this happen… I hope that Santorum keeps this momentum going, and, some day in the near future, there is a Fox News story about a group of Rick Santorum supporters gleefully informing the country that they are going to be “spreading Santorum around.”

    I think John Stewart would have a heart attack if that happened.

  • http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Santorum’s the same guy who equates wrecking Medicare with freedom for Grandma, who, under the Ryan plan and its variants, will have the freedom to pick from a wide range of private coverage that insurance companies won’t possibly give her and that, in any event, she can’t possibly afford (even with the coupon from the State) anyways.

    As terrifying as an imaginary Death Panel is (ignoring that private insurance companies have whole wings of Death Panels dedicated to denying coverage and figuring how and when to drop customers), the actual GOP plan is far, far scarier.

  • jamessweet

    However, a recent study shows that just 1.8% of all deaths in the Netherlands, where euthanasia is legal, are a result of physician-assisted suicide, and the rate is going down.

    I’m actually a little surprised it’s even that high, TBH…

  • Trebuchet

    @ raven:

    4. Romney would be our first second nonXian president in a long time a row.

    Fixed that for you, at least from the Republican point of view.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    As terrifying as an imaginary Death Panel is (ignoring that private insurance companies have whole wings of Death Panels dedicated to denying coverage and figuring how and when to drop customers), the actual GOP plan is far, far scarier.

    Yeah, the basic idea is, it’s a horrible, horrible thing if the government decides not to cover certain treatments. So let’s privatize the insurance so that the government will refuse to pay for all treatments equally.

  • John Hinkle

    I’m surprised the hatred-bigotry graviton waves between Santorum and Dobson didn’t cause them to fly into a decaying orbit until they collided, resulting in a supernova of insanity.

    Maybe there was a normal person in the room, distorting the gravitational field.

  • exdrone

    Do these Death Panels have suggestion boxes? And if so, they don’t happen to resemble the boxes used in the state primaries, do they?

  • Aquaria

    1. If Gingrich goes to the end, he would be our first sociopathic toad president.

    Oh, come on, Raven, you’re forgetting Andrew Jackson, Woodrow Wilson, Reagan the Scumbag and GDub.