One caller's question yesterday in the AARP/Obama Town Hall meeting really jumped out at came from Mary in North Carolina: 
"I have heard lots of rumors going around about this new plan, and I hope that the people that are going to vote on this is going to read every single page there. I have been told there is a clause in there that everyone that's Medicare age will be visited and told to decide how they wish to die. This bothers me greatly and I'd like for you to promise me that this is not in this bill."
Of course it's not...because there is no such clause.  It doesn't exist.  It's fiction.  But that doesn't stop some opponents of health care reform from repeating such things on conservative radio and on the internet in viral email campaigns designed to misinform and scare seniors. Maybe you've already seen this email:
On page 425 it says in black and white that EVERYONE on Social Security, (will include all Senior Citizens and SSI people) will go to MANDATORY counseling every 5 years to learn and to choose from ways to end your suffering (and your life).  Health care will be denied based on age.  500 Billion will be cut from Seniors healthcare.   The only way for that to happen is to drastically cut health care, the oldest and the sickest will be cut first.   Paying for your own care will not be an option.   Now, CALL YOUR PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Tell them to read page 425 if they don't read anything else.  Surely some of them have parents.
OR even this version:           
"ON PAGE 425 OF OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE BILL, the Federal Government will require EVERYONE who is on Social Security to undergo a counseling session every 5 years with the objective being that they will explain to them just how to end their own life earlier. Yes...They are going to push SUICIDE to cut medicare spending!" 
The St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact describes who's behind this campaign and how it continues to victimize seniors.  The Orlando Sentinel also provides details on what's actually on page 425 in the House bill in their editorial "Health Reform Hooey".    As the President described yesterday, what the House has proposed (you can read page 425 for yourself here ) is to pay doctors for any end-of-life consultations they might--not must--provide their patients. Only the most cynical and opportunistic critics could turn that into pushing suicide for seniors.  We know America's seniors are worried about what health care reform could mean for them.  We too are concerned that current efforts by blue dog Democrats and conservatives in Congress have shifted the focus away from meaningful reforms to solely cutting Medicare's bottom line, meaning benefit cuts.  These so-called "fiscal hawks" seem to have forgotten that, according to the CBO, if every entitlement in the federal budget were repealed outright - eliminating Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other critical programs - but nothing were done to slow the growth in health care costs overall, we would still find ourselves spending almost 70 percent of the nation's wealth on health care by 2082.  This is why health care reform is vital to Americans of all ages. Cost containment, health care efficiencies and other complicated reform issues certainly aren't as inflammatory as "pushing senior suicide" but guess what...these are the real issues affecting seniors in this healthcare reform debate.  These are the issues seniors need to talk about and Congress and the White House need to listen.