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."