So as of April 2009 Obama himself expected the final legislation to include some sort of group (but NOT a “death panel”!) that would produce voluntary guidelines for end of life care with an eye towards saving money.

And now Obama is plagued by scurrilous rumors that his legislation will include groups that issue guidelines for end of life care with the goal of saving money. Fortunately, the Times has looked everywhere but their own candidate and their own website and firmly concluded that the rumors are false.

That is a characteristically great effort by the Times. We look forward to their hard-hitting coverage of the latest installment of the John Edwards debacle.