REFORM SHOWDOWN

Obama Calls Out 'Outlandish Rumors'

Republicans may not have a health-care plan to compete with President Obama's, but some critics of the administration seem to have come up with their own imaginary version of Congress' proposals that operates in a parallel universe to our own. Obama used his radio address on Saturday to take on some of the most egregious myths about the proposed health-care reforms, including a false but widely circulated rumor cited by Sarah Palin this week that claims senior citizens would be pressured into killing themselves under Obama's reform plan. "Let me explain what reform will mean for you. And let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia, cut Medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care," Obama said. "That's simply not true." The president said the attacks were part of a plan to derail "the best chance of reform we have ever had" by "the defenders of the status quo and political point-scorers in Washington."