With Sarah Palin inventing a mythical Obama "death panel" on Friday, the euthanasia myth is only going to spread, especially with weak-kneed coverage like this in today's New York Times (my emphasis):
Conservative critics say the legislation could limit end-of-life care and even encourage euthanasia. Moreover, some assert, it would require people to draw up plans saying how they want to die.
These concerns appear to be unfounded. AARP, the lobby for older Americans, says, “The rumors out there are flat-out lies.”
The House bill would provide Medicare coverage for optional consultations with doctors who advise patients on life-sustaining treatment and “end-of-life services,” including hospice care.
"[A]ppear to be unfounded"? They are unfounded. Shouldn't Times reporters have the knowledge to recognize this and the guts to write it without qualification?