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Text reports on some comments by Sen. Dick Durbin on the network yesterday:

’What I can tell you is that the White House is not trying to collect names of any Americans. What they’re trying to do is post on some of these Web sites a rebuttal to some bad information,’ pointing to inaccurate rumor[s that] provisions in the proposal might be used to fund abortions, cover undocumented immigrants, or raid Medicare funds. ‘There’s so much bad information out there, you can understand the effort to at least let people hear both sides of the story,’ said Durbin.

The claim that health-care reform “might be used to fund abortions” is not an “inaccurate rumor”; it’s the truth. The combination of universal coverage and a path to citizenship, both of which most Democrats support, might well result in coverage for people who are currently “undocumented immigrants.” (Indeed, if you support both of these ideas it is hard to see why it shouldn’t.) The notion that health-care reform might be partially paid for through cuts in Medicare, meanwhile, originates with the administration’s own proposals. I hope it’s not terrorism to point these things out.