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Fred Thompson is using his radio show to sell the preposterous idea that the president and Democrats are promoting euthanasia of old people. He calls it "the dirty little secret" of the health care reform debate.
"Can you imagine the response of the American people when they find this out?" he said during an interview July 16 with Betsy McCaughey, the former New York lieutenant governor and so-called conservative health expert who's behind this scare tactic.
Citing page 425 of the House bill, McCaughey claimed that "the Congress would make it mandatory ... that every five years, people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner, how to decline nutrition, how to decline being hydrated, how to go into hospice care ... all to do what's in society's best interest ... and cut your life short."
Thompson chuckled at this and said, "I've seen bits and parts of [the bill], Betsy, but I didn't know that." As FactCheck.org
He hasn't seen that bit, of course, because it doesn't exist. McCaughey misrepresents the content of page 425 of the bill. ... In fact, it requires Medicare to cover counseling sessions for seniors who want to consider their end-of-life choices - including whether they want to refuse or, conversely, require certain types of care. The claim that the bill would "push suicide" is a falsehood.
Also see: AARP Responds to Health Reform Scare Tactics
Thompson should be proud of himself. He's come a long way since 1996, when he received more votes than any previous candidate for any office in Tennessee history. Now for money and radio ratings, he plays to the far-right crank crowd and helps spread lies to scare old people.