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Distortions in health care debate keep Truth-O-Meter busy

Staff Report • Aug 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Here's some of the most flagrant distortions in the health care debate compiled from PolitiFact.com's Truth-O-Meter listing. Sara Palin - Seniors and the disabled "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."CLICK HERE for the full report.John Boehner - The Democrat-backed health care reform plan "will require (Americans) to subsidize abortion with their hard-earned tax dollars. CLICK HERE for the full report.Liberty Counsel - Page 992 of the health care bill will "establish school-based 'health' clinics. Your children will be indoctrinated and your grandchildren may be aborted!"CLICK HERE for the full report.Paul Krugman - During the 2005 fight over Social Security, "there were noisy demonstrations — but they were outside the events,” and opponents were “not disruptive — crowds booed lines they didn’t like, but that was about it."CLICK HERE for the full report.Bloggers - Health care reform legislation is “likely to mandate free ‘sex change’ surgeries.”CLICK HERE for the full report.Club for Growth - The health care reform plan would set limits similar to the "socialized" system in Britain, where people are allowed to die if their treatment would cost more than $22,000.CLICK HERE for the full report.Dan Lungren - President Barack Obama suggested on national TV that the Democratic health care bill "will have government decide" that a healthy, 100-year-old woman in need of a pacemaker "should take a pain pill" instead.CLICK HERE for the full report.Chain e-mail - "All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services."CLICK HERE for the full report.Chain e-mail - In the health care bill, "The 'Health Choices Commissioner' will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None."CLICK HERE for the full report.Glenn Beck - John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, "has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population."CLICK HERE for the full report.Betsy McCaughey - The health care reform bill "would make it mandatory — absolutely require — that every five years people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner."CLICK HERE for the full report.

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