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Dept. of Self-Parody

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The distortions and lies about the national health care reform are coming so fast now, it’s making my head spin.Some of the rhetoric is downright hilarious.Actual right-wing blog headline: “ObamaCare Equals Government Funded Euthanasia.”The Associated Press put out a helpful fact sheet over the weekend. You can read it here.My personal favorite is the hysteria over euthanasia among some right-wing groups.Just to be clear, there’s no euthanasia provision in the bill. The bill would allow Medicare to pay for end-of-life planning and “advance-directive consultations,” if patients so choose, but nothing — repeat, nothing — is mandatory.Euthanasia talk aside, the main conservative argument against the Democrats’ health-care reform is that it would make your life worse.Now, at first glance, this seems counterintuitive. It takes some serious rhetorical Jujitsu — not to mention a lot of chutzpah — to try to convince Americans that they really don’t want access to affordable health insurance.But that’s the argument some Republicans are making. Details after the jump. (On a side note, I believe this blog post represents the first time in recorded history that references to Jujitsu and chutzpah are contained in a single sentence.)

Dave Mann has been with the Observer since 2003. Before that, he worked as a reporter in Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. He was born and raised in Philadelphia. He thinks border collies are the world’s greatest dogs, and believes in the nourishing powers of pickup basketball.