August 13th, 2009
05:37 PM ET
5 years ago

Axelrod blasts out his own 'viral e-mail'

David Axelrod is fighting back against health care 'lies and distortions.'
David Axelrod is fighting back against health care 'lies and distortions.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Obama, is aiming to debunk online "myths" about the president's health care plan with a viral e-mail of his own.

"Unfortunately, some of the old tactics we know so well are back - even the viral e-mails that fly unchecked and under the radar, spreading all sorts of lies and distortions," Axelrod wrote in the e-mail, which was sent out Thursday. He added, "Right now, someone you know probably has a question about reform that could be answered by what's below. So what are you waiting for? Forward this e-mail."

Calling it "probably one of the longest e-mails I've ever sent," Axelrod split his message up into three topics: "8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage," "8 common myths about reform," and "8 reasons we need health insurance reform now."

He tackled a number of contentious issues, among them the rumor that the health care plan would impose euthanasia for senior citizens a "malicious myth." Axelrod also said the new plan would "forbid many forms of rationing" and argued it would help lower health care costs in the long run.

Axelrod encouraged readers to go to an official Web site - whitehouse.gov/realitycheck - which he said would "knock down the rumors and lies that are floating around the Internet."


Filed under: David Axelrod • Health care
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Kristina, Seattle

    It was an excellent email.

    August 13, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Typical Republican

    Oh carp....someone is telling the truth.

    Quick, stop him my fellow maniacs! Nobody should know the truth, only the lies that us republicans should be heard!

    After, let's go out and have beer and peanuts over some grave of a person that recently was murdered by the current health insurance companies 'death panel'.

    August 13, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. jon

    This guy just doesn't get it. Axlerod is so deluded by his own lies and distortions, he now sees them in every shadow now. President Obama should have passed a single-payer system at the start of his administration while he had momentum. Instead he decided to spend trillions, pandering to the far left elite's vision of a socialist utopia. He has lost his opportunity to help the helpless. Once again the weakest members of society truly have no voice.

    August 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. bozo the obama

    Axelrod will be the second Obama confidant to be interned at Guantanamo. Emanuel first and then we will get down to the community organizer himself.

    August 13, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Andrew, Buffalo NY

    So can anyone tell me how this plan will save any money for the 200+ million who have private insurance?

    August 13, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Seth

    Why doesn't the White House come up with a reasonable bill themselves instead of leaving it to the most liberal members of Congress to propose. You might get some actual support then.

    August 13, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Still he avoids key points:
    1. Main problem with current health care in America is that it is expensive. This is the No. 1 problem and it leads to the issue of access. We do not see how the new bureaucracy will solve this main problem.
    2. How much will it cost?
    3. Who is going to pay for it?
    Dance around these all you want, but these are the main issues.

    August 13, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Pat

    and we should believe him... why?

    August 13, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. B

    NOW, The truth is out there people!

    Read it.

    August 13, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Typical Republican

    Ok...I read the email. It debunks everything, agreed.

    But I'm still in denial. I refuse to accept the truth. Its a birth defect that runs in my family...it's called republicanism!

    August 13, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    The myths that have most of the protesters so worked up are addressed on Factcheck.org as well, and no one can accuse Factcheck of bias.

    August 13, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. me

    I like Axelrod he seems for real.

    August 13, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Loup Garou 782

    There is no bigger lie and distortion than an axelrod itself.

    August 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Joan

    What is wrong with David Axelrod sending out an e-mail full of information about the health care debate and hitting head-on all of the exaggerations and lies being put out by the Republicans? Isn't he allowed free speech too? If someone gets it who doesn't want it, do what I do if I get something I don't want-delete it. If someone gets it who thinks it makes sense, keep it and also send it on to others who might like to read it. Simple solution. The right wing extremists are trying to swing this debate with smears and fears again and sure don't want any sensible rebuttals getting out there. So much for democracy. The rest of the world is learning a lot about the character of your country while watching your health care debate and it isn't pretty.

    August 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. me

    I meant to say I Like Axelrod he seems to be a real person sorry for the grammatical mistake.

    August 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Proud Member..Party of No

    Axelrod's nose is so long now that he can't even walk through a door sideways. What a bunch of lying thieves this administration is.

    Start the impeachment proceedings now!

    August 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. bozo the obama

    LISTEN UP America...we have more union goons and acorn members than you have town hall people..BEWARE.

    August 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |