Rumor: Euthanasia of seniors mandatory under Obamacare

YouTube screen grab of Mark Dice gathering signatures for his fake petition.

Could Obamacare require euthanasia of senior citizens if the costs of caring for the elderly grow too high? A petitioner gathers signatures in San Diego.

FALSE: It's a fake petition, but people actually signed it. No, the Affordable Care Act doesn't require euthanasia of seniors.

A petition calling for "mandatory euthanasia" for senior citizens under Obamacare is creating buzz on Twitter and at such sites as Daily Paul and, thanks to this video. It shows a series of people on a San Diego street blindly signing the petition, often without asking questions.

"Will you support mandatory euthanasia for senior citizens and terminally ill? ... It'll help keep the health care costs down," says make-believe signature gatherer Mark Dice, an author who creates weekly man-on-the-street YouTube videos that prove how gullible people can be. He poses the question to a series of people on the street, only some of whom decline.

"If I sign this, am I helping to kill old people or helping not to kill them?" asks a young guy wearing a knit cap and sunglasses.

"Yeah, you're going to put them down like you put down your dog," Dice responds.

That satisfies the young man, who proceeds to sign the petition and says, "Awesome. Thank you."

It's fake, but some believe it

"The zombies who watch my videos and STILL can't 'get' it are EVEN DUMBER than the zombies who actually sign the petitions," Dice said via Twitter. He was responding to a tweep who mistook the video as real and asserted that Dice should be killed.

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Dice says it doesn't take long to get enough signatures for his video shtick.

"Most of them sign. Takes less than 30 minutes to get over a dozen signatures," Dice tweeted.

Not joking, some assert

"The ironic thing is that you think you are joking," Jennifer Delgado commented on Dice's Facebook post. She linked to an article headlined: "Howard Dean Admits Obamacare Includes Death Panels, Wants Them Repealed," which cites an opinion piece by Dean that appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

No, it doesn't mention "death panels," but to critics who read a lot between the lines, it's all the same.

Dean says in his piece that a major problem with Obamacare "is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a health care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them."

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