Santorum is up to his magic again! He’s very good at shooting his mouth off without apparently getting his facts checked. I might do that, but it’s a completely different thing if the guy running for President does it.
He was recorded telling a group that the Dutch had to wear bracelets so as not to get killed by their doctors! He was saying that old and sick people in the Netherlands were likely to get euthanized involuntarily!
Here is a bit of the story from the NYT-
But his claims about the Netherlands were posted on YouTube by Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way. That video showed Mr. Santorum claiming that elderly Dutch people wear a bracelet reading “Do not euthanize me.” Over audible gasps from the audience, he continued:
Because they have voluntary euthanasia in the Netherlands, but half the people who are euthanized every year — and it’s 10 percent of all deaths for the Netherlands — half of those people are euthanized involuntarily, at hospitals, because they are older and sick. And so elderly people in the Netherlands don’t go to the hospital, they go to another country, because they’re afraid because of budget purposes that they will not come out of that hospital if they go into it with sickness.
As Buzzfeed noted, Dutch journalists found it easy to refute Mr. Santorum’s statistics, and made fun of his “fact-free” claim that euthanasia was forced on anyone, but they had no idea where he got the idea that the nation’s elderly wear “Do not euthanize me” bracelets.
Ms. Bundy, the embassy spokeswoman, told The Washington Post, “According to the Ministry of Health, ‘Do not euthanize me’ bracelets do not exist in the Netherlands.”
Mr. Santorum’s campaign did not respond to a request to explain who or what the candidate’s sources were.
Keep it up Rick!