Thursday, August 13, 2009

Health Insurance Reform Reality Check


It's great to see how politicians are leveraging modern technology to communicate with the people in this country. David Axelrod, Senior Adviser to the President, sent out an e-mail today telling people about a new website (www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck) to "knock down the rumors and lies that are floating around the internet."

What will you see there?
  • Mike Strautmanis, Chief of Staff for Valerie Jarrett and father of a child with a disability, addresses the myth that health insurance reform will mean children with disabilities will not get the care they need.
  • White House Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle takes on one of the most prevalent "viral emails" floating around, making outlandish claims about health insurance reform and pretending to be careful analyses of the bills moving through Congress.
  • Kavita Patel, who works with Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and who worked for years before as a physician, debunks the myth that reform will mean a "government takeover" of health care or lead to "rationing."
  • Melody Barnes, the President's Director of the Domestic Policy Council, debunks the malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors.
  • Matt Flavin, Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy, explains that nothing in health insurance reform will affect veterans' access to the care they get now.
  • Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, debunks the myth that health insurance reform will hurt small businesses.
  • Robert Kocher of the National Economic Council debunks the myth that Health Insurance Reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits. To the contrary, reform would simply eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies.
  • Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform debunks the myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them.
Take a look: www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck

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