Speaking with Fox editorialist Sean Hannity on Thursday, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a beneficiary of government-funded health care, supported the myth that President Barack Obama's health insurance reforms would establish some kind of nebulous, undefined "death panel."
Hannity was specifically talking about the literature, "Your Life, Your Choice," which he insinuated somehow encourages sick and dying veterans to not be a burden on society.
The claim is an echo of the latest attack on the proposed insurance reforms.
First came Palin's allegation that a so-called "death panel" would have killed her down syndrome baby. More recently, RNC Chairman Michael Steele alleged that a VA pamphlet dredged up by the Obama administration is encouraging vets to "commit suicide."
Hannity's cleverly-worded question merely piggy-backed on this fallacy, albeit through the use of softer terminology.
Addressing McCain, the Fox pundit asked, "Is that the kind of death panel that people were maybe afraid of ... ?"
McCain, a veteran himself, answered: "Yes."
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