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Email: Senior's Death Warrant

September 03, 2009 5:26 pm ET

The following email has been widely forwarded.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

"Fw: Senior's Death Warrent"

[note - all mistakes below are original to text of email]


Hey, thanks for forwarding along that email.

It's nuts how many rumors are swirling around out there about the health bills.  It's hard to know which ones are true and which ones are just crazy internet rumors.

If this one were true, I'd be pretty upset - so I decided to see if I could find out for myself.

It turns out Tom Daschle never even said that about "seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age." Apparently that quote actually comes from a woman who is adamantly against any health care improvements named Betsy McCaughey. When a reporter confronted her about the chain email, even she admitted it wasn't true, saying "I regret any misrepresentations made by others of my work or Mr. Daschle's views."

You can read it yourself here:

As for Natasha Richardson, that was heartbreaking.  I remember when I heard, I couldn't believe it!  But the email lies about her already tragic situation. 

It did take a while for her to visit a hospital, but that's because she initially said she wasn't hurt.  A Bloomberg news story said "She initially laughed off her fall and said she was fine."  And Fox News says the first ambulance that showed up was even turned away.

A few hours later she was taken to a hospital when she got a headache, but by then it was too late.

If you want to know more, you can read these articles:,2933,509749,00.html

As for England, I found a cool website called that examined the claim about "England anyone over 59 cannot receive heart repairs or stents or bypass because it is not covered as being too expensive and not needed." They said that just wasn't true.

But all of that should be irrelevant - because no one even wants Canada's health care system.  The president and Democrats in congress know that we have been paying too much, for too long, for too little and are trying to find a "uniquely American solution" to control costs.

The same website actually shows that this entire email is pretty much made up, check it out:

All these emails going around are pretty scary, but it's important to figure out if they're true.  After doing some research, I can say for sure this one is filled with lies.

Hope that helps.  See ya soon.


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