Santorum Lies About “Death Panels,” Assisted Suicide

Santorum Lies About “Death Panels,” Assisted Suicide February 9, 2012

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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