Politifact debunks GOP claim that Obamacare funds beheadings

Apparently there’s a new Republican lie going around about Obamacare, this time alleging that the Affordable Care Act is going to cover the cost of “beheadings” in America.

While the rumor isn’t terribly clear about exactly when, and in what context, these beheadings will take place – perhaps it will be the preferred method of execution for Sarah Palin’s “death panels” – but the rumor has gotten enough legs for Politifact to feel the need to debunk it.

Medusa, an early victim of Obamacare (via Shutterstock)

Medusa, an early victim of Obamacare (via Shutterstock)

Honestly, as rumors go, this one doesn’t even explain itself well.  It’s rather convoluted, but basically comes to the conclusion that health care reform will cover the cost of beheadings, so clearly the US government has a secret plan to behead someone, presumably Tea Party adherents (who seem to be behind, or at least associated with, this latest clearly-conservative anti-Obama rumor).

It’s incredibly convoluted, and naturally involves the typical Republican base conspiracy about the evil United Nations and WHO trying to take over the world.  You can read it for yourself here.

I think my favorite debunk talking point from Politifact is the one where they inform us that under Obamacare doctors won’t be able to bill for a beheading.

Politifact adds that beheading is neither legal, nor practiced, in America.

And we call ourselves a free country.

Overall, Politifact gives the “Obamacare beheading” conspiracy a whopping “pants on fire” rating – meaning, it’s 100% utterly untrue.  Which means Sarah Palin and the GOP congressional leadership should be embracing it any day now.

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50 Responses to “Politifact debunks GOP claim that Obamacare funds beheadings”

  1. drewbai says:

    “I really believe a large portion of the population has lost their fucking minds, and it’s just getting worse every day.”

    Well said! And sadly, very very true

  2. Saint Stephen says:

    Ever notice how Obama’s going to do this and do that all the time? My question for the wing nuts is – Obama’s been in office for 5 years already. When is he going to do all these terrible things you keep saying he’s going to do?

  3. Steven Jaeger says:

    I’ve been back to the buy-bull belt too many times this year as it’s just frightening how many people actually buy this crap on Faux Neaux. But they get it in church on sunday, sunday school, and Tuesday bible class, etc.

  4. Steven Jaeger says:

    As far as I can tell there is only one benefit accruing from this session will be to the creationist who can now claim that creation is real because a real scientist debated him and evolution is just a ‘THEORY’. I cannot see any benefit to Bill Nye or any of the sensible people; as mentioned we are dealing with people of ‘FAITH’, no cold hard facts will change that belief. I grew up in that type of school. and listened to that crap for over a decade. They just start going ‘lalalalala and plug their ears when they hear real science.

  5. Grandma Sheila says:

    Well yes, it’s obvious that the president intends to start guillotining patriotic, constitution-loving teabirchers en mass because he’s an islamofascist commie dictator who hates jeezus. The good news is, insurance will pay for it.
    I really believe a large portion of the population has lost their fucking minds, and it’s just getting worse every day. The fact that there are people who spout this gibberish is almost as bad as the fact that there are people who believe it.

  6. Jett says:

    The only way to stop this madness is to vote out the GOP for good.

  7. Outspoken1 says:

    And they all get to vote!

  8. KingCranky says:

    Unfortunately for Palin, hardly any of those millions went and saw that fawning “documentary” with the self-debunking title, “The Undefeated”, an absolutely miserable flop, both critically and commercially, a satisfying result of the free-market Palin otherwise champions whenever possible.

    If Palin’s fan base was as large as is popularly portrayed, “The Undefeated” should have set all sorts of box office records.

    It didn’t.

    To recap, not enough people liked her being in the Executive Branch OR on the silver screen, the flip side of Sally Field’s “you really like me” Academy Award acceptance speech.

  9. karmanot says:

    Next will be the GOP teapubs wanting a law to hook up miscarriages up to life support systems.

  10. Jett says:

    The desperation of the GOP is sickening. Any lie along with feamongering is their calling card. If anyone would want to bring back the guillotine, it would be them.

  11. Dave says:

    I think the Rethugs mean de-headings, or removing their heads from up their asses (where they’ve had them for the last few decades). It’ll be harder to fix the Teathugs – they’ve got their heads up their asses even farther.

  12. Monoceros Forth says:

    Ouch. Only too true.

  13. karmanot says:

    Well, in all fairness, Obozo has been know to decapitate a wedding party or two.

  14. Bill_Perdue says:

    The insane babble of Republicans hardly constitutes an excuse for supporting the betrayals of Obama and the Democrats who gave us the betrayal written by the Heritage Foundation.


    There was no public option because, like all politicians, Obama is for sale to the highest bidder. As Michael Moore says,“Obamacare is awful”. It’s awful because it’s a cheap scam by a cheap sellout. It’s unpopular because it’s a scam and a failure. ““That is the dirty little secret many liberals have avoided saying out loud for fear of aiding the president’s enemies, at a time when the ideal of universal health care needed all the support it could get,” filmmaker and activist Michael Moorewrites in The New York Times on Tuesday.”

    “Unfortunately,” Moore continues, “this meant that instead of blaming companies like Novartis, which charges leukemia patients $90,000 annually for the drug Gleevec, or health insurance chief executives like Stephen Hemsley of UnitedHealth Group, who made nearly $102 million in 2009, for the sky-high price of American health care…”

    “On Health Exchanges, Premiums May Be Low, but Other Costs Can Be High – Deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs on plans bought through the government are much higher than the typical employer-sponsored policy.” NY Times 12 09 2013

    Romney/Obamacare is a corruption laded gift to insurance and pharmaceutical companines. They get rich, patients get screwed. Obamacare is based on corruption and bribery. It’s the same old thing with a new name but it leaves insurance and pharmaceutical companies in charge. Millions of people apparently get it.

    Obama and Congress took millions in bribes and Obama had twenty plus secret meeting with the owners and top managers of insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Obama alone took about $20 million in bribes and had a couple of dozen secret meetings with the owners of HMOs and Big Pharma and then he scuttled single payer.

    We need socialized medicine to prevent this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INZQkYi3A4M#t=21

  15. Monoceros Forth says:

    These people do not live in the world of fact and critical thinking. I see where Bill Nye is going to debate a Creationist. What a losing and fruitless proposition. These people do not debate.

    Yeah, I read about that this morning. And it does seem utterly pointless. Whatever arguments Nye will muster won’t make a lick of difference because the sort of people who proclaim that evolutionary biology is a fiendish device of Satan don’t accept scientific evidence as evidence in the first place. I think that they regard the words of scientists as meaningless gibberish, all big words and pretended erudition and high-flown sophistry that doesn’t actually mean anything at all, but which eggheads make up as they go along in order to fool people into thinking they’re smart. After all, scientists don’t really know anything about anything. They’ll say one thing today and another thing tomorrow. They said that bumblebees can’t fly but they do!

    But I guess everyone will get something out of Nye’s stunt. His geeky fans all get to feel good about how the ignorant Jesus freak wilted in the light of scientific truth; the God-botherers all get to feel good about how the blithering know-it-all wilted in the light of the Above; and everyone goes home happy.

  16. HolyMoly says:

    As if Politifact actually needed to debunk this rumor. Really, the only people who might believe in such nonsense are the tin-foil hat types found in the deepest recesses of Teaville.

  17. Monoceros Forth says:

    I can’t quite believe this. Someone is being trolled somewhere. The “Freedom Outpost” site may be sincere but maybe they just picked up some made-up rumor somewhere that had been concocted as a joke. You can easily see the appeal of the rumor to the fevered right-wing brain, though. Talk of beheading must invariably conjure up images of terrorists’ beheading Daniel Pearl and, since we all know Pres. Obama is a dirty Mooslim terrorist himself, of course he likes the idea.

  18. sword says:

    If the ACA won’t cover this…is there somewhere available for donations?

  19. olandp says:

    Beheading the teabaggers? If only!

  20. HeartlandLiberal says:

    ” Only the congenitally gullible who are also incredibly stupid could even begin to believe what she writes.”

    And therein lies the problem. There is just a lot of that going around today. These are the low to no information, wildly uneducated, ignorant, uninformed, emotional and irrational people that the Right has so scrupulously exploited for decades. As part of a calculated plan. None of this has been by accident.

    These people do not live in the world of fact and critical thinking. I see where Bill Nye is going to debate a Creationist. What a losing and fruitless proposition. These people do not debate. They believe. And believe and faith require no foundation of what the rest of us call science and fact.

  21. Indigo says:

    Gilbert & Sullivan would be proud of you. :-)

  22. Houndentenor says:

    Not exclusively and not every place, but plenty of them and way too much of the time.

  23. Raylusk says:

    This kind of fear mongering is proof that its time to make changes to the First Amenedment. It was never intended to allow people to make claims that are false in order to spread fear.

  24. Monoceros Forth says:

    Ugh. I’m guessing that every TV you encounter down there, whether it’s in a restaurant or a bar or some relative’s house, is tuned exclusively to FOX.

  25. zorbear says:

    I lean a little to one side my self…

  26. tamarz says:


  27. crazymonkeylady says:

    GOP says Obamacare will lead to Beheadings/Crucifixions. Hey, I thought they Wanted Christian/ Biblical government! Lots of violent deaths in dah bible.

  28. Thom Allen says:

    They won’t pay for beheadings? I guess that means dismemberments, mutilations and castrations will be the next ones to get the axe.

  29. mike31c says:

    I was so looking forward to Ted Nugget and Rush Limpballs getting beheaded and now I am sorry I spent all that time polishing my resume reflecting how good I would I would of been on those death panels!

  30. Houndentenor says:

    Thanks. I’m back home now. I didn’t even watch that much of it, but the crazy was a lot.

  31. docsterx says:

    I tried to find out how they were funded, but I couldn’t see anything on the site. I suspected that it had to be some hard core right wing conservative group just based on the topics of the articles on the site.

  32. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Heavy Sigh

  33. Naja pallida says:

    If you do a little back tracking, you’ll find that they’re supported by a New World Order conspiracy theorist group, that wants to replace all existing government with “Christian” theocracy.

  34. docsterx says:

    I read the article that was linked above. It’s just so wrong on so many levels, in so many places. Only the congenitally gullible who are also incredibly stupid could even begin to believe what she writes. Perhaps this whole “Freedom Outpost” site is a spoof produced by “The Onion.”

  35. Zorba says:

    Step back from your TV (or Internet) and take some deep, cleansing breaths, Houndentenor.
    And have a strong drink or two. ;-)

  36. Houndentenor says:

    The same people who still think Obama care sets up “death panels”. There are a lot of them and Fox News keeps up the story by asking it as a question (and then acting like it “probably” won’t happen but they keep the story alive). They know what they are doing.

  37. Zorba says:

    And any number of others who are on the same page as her. {{Sigh}}

  38. Houndentenor says:

    I’ve been in deep Teabagistan for over a week. Fox News is all “Obama care is going to destroy America” almost all the time. The stuff is insane and the wingnuts are getting a steady diet of it.

  39. judybrowni says:


    Everyone knows the preferred mode of execution is NRA nut with gun to teenage wielding Skittles.

  40. cole3244 says:

    although i don’t believe the aca will cover the cost of beheading if the removing of the head is directed at the right who never use their heads for anything constructive i am all for it.

  41. silas1898 says:

    My grandmother was a clinically diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. She never came up with anything this crazy. The tea-baggers just can’t help themselves.

  42. nicho says:

    Never forget that 59,000,000 people thought Sarah Palin would have made a good president.

  43. S1AMER says:

    Spread the word: The ACA also covers treatment for paranoia and anything else in the DSM.

  44. Indigo says:

    I have a little list but I had no expectation that the government would enable it, let alone that I could get away with it.

  45. Zorba says:

    Who could possibly have taken this claim seriously???
    Never mind, we are talking really whackadoodle, extreme right-wing, Tea Party types.
    Oy, vey!

  46. Just_AC says:

    LOL – good point, Steve!

  47. steveodonnell says:

    Obamacare will cover removing useless, dead tissue… so for Tea-Partiers…

  48. bkmn says:

    The people floating this crap may need electroshock, aka ECT, not beheadings.

  49. TheOriginalLiz says:

    The sort of people for whom this rumor is meant don’t give a hoot about it being debunked. Reality is unimportant to them. And we all know facts have a liberal bias.

  50. Naja pallida says:

    I don’t think you had to go to Politifact to debunk that kind of ridiculous nonsense. I could have just asked my beagle for you, and my beagle has more credibility, since he hasn’t sold his soul to the Republican false equivalence whimpers like Politifact has.

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