The 'Death Panel' Lie That Won't Die

by Dan Quinn

The folks at Family Research Council — who helped organize Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s August 2011 prayer extravaganza in Houston — apparently think lying is a perfectly acceptable part of the “Christian worldview” it seeks to promote in public policy. In an email today, the FRC asks its supporters to help stop implementation of the Affordable Care Act and President Obama’s alleged efforts to “crush freedom.” It’s a standard right-wing screech, but we’re a little surprised to see this lie still being promoted:

“We are fighting the death-panel provisions of ObamaCare as well. Unelected government bureaucrats should not be deciding the limits of your childrens’, parents’ or grandparents’ healthcare options. Or yours! The fiscal burden alone would be enough reason to fight ObamaCare; but as the death panels demonstrate, ObamaCare is far more–far worse–than simply a financial disaster. It is an encroachment on individual liberty more egregious than any law passed in our lifetime.”

Good grief. There are no “death panels” in the Affordable Care Act. There are no provisions that give “bureaucrats” the authority to decide “the limits of your childrens’, parents’ or grandparents’ healthcare options.” FRC and other far-right groups are simply trying to scare people when they repeat such lies.

One might think that supporters of organizations like the FRC would be angry over being lied to and manipulated like this. But a Washington Post piece reports about research showing “that providing readers with a corrective information to dispel an Obamacare myth can actually strengthen belief in death panels.” Good grief again.

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