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White House fights healthcare rumors with “reality check”

August 10, 2009

When in trouble, turn to the Web.

That was President Barack Obama’s strategy during his presidential campaign days, and since it worked then – he did get elected – the White House has decided to use a similar tactic on healthcare reform.

The White House on Monday launched a “reality check” Web site to counter criticism of Obama’s efforts to revamp the healthcare system.

The approach is similar to Obama’s campaign trail strategy when a Web site was set up to attack rumors about the Democratic presidential contender.

If nothing else, the site tells you what the rumors are. For example it seeks to debunk  the “malicious myth” that healthcare reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors. USA-HEALTHCARE/TEXAS

Regardless of where one stands on the healthcare debate, the euthanasia rumor sounds like pure scare tactic from critics. There’s not a court in the land that would enforce something  like that. And if the language in the legislation can be interpreted that way, it shouldn’t be too difficult to fix.

It’s no coincidence the rumor fighting Web site was launched during the congressional recess when lawmakers are back in their districts hearing from constituents, while public opinion polls show waning support for healthcare reform.

So is the White House Web site effective? What are you telling your representative in Congress about healthcare reform?

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I am all out cutting costs and saying money, but I think we all need to make an informed decision. How can we make an informed decision without all information? I want these questions answered

What is the Presidents plan for reforming health care – in detail?

How does he plan to pay for this plan?

Critics of the plan say that he plans to take monies allocated for Medicare & Medicaid to pay for the new plan, if so what is going to happen to the people(s) that relay on these services?

Don’t we already have 2 government run health agencies (Medicare & Medicaid) that are mismanaged with over running expenses, why do we need a third?

Posted by unfdozer | Report as abusive
 

This webcite is a very good way to counter some very misleading information about what is in the health care reform proposals.
In addition I have been referring peolpe to the Senate finance Committee’s February whitepaper on health care and the 45 minute video produced by an Oregon Emergency room physician at “ourailinghealthcare.com”

Posted by Joyce James | Report as abusive
 

One of the Republican websites organizing the mobs is run by an ex-health Insurer exec who was fired after his company had to pay more than a billion dollars in fines after ripping off Medicare.

They right wing, anti-government ideologues are hurting America by preventing any meaningful discussion about Health Insurance reform. They make up stories, they distort the facts and they distract from the real issues.

They will fail.

Posted by thebob.bob | Report as abusive
 

Throw The Healthcare Obstructionist Out!

More than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 76% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (85% of democrats, 71% of independents, and 60% republicans). Basically everyone.

We have the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed world. And the most costly. Costing over twice as much as every other county. Conservative estimates are that over 120,000 of you dies each year in America from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don’t die from. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. This is what being 37th in quality of healthcare means.

I know that many of you are angry and frustrated that REPUBLICANS! In congress are dragging their feet and trying to block TRUE healthcare reform. What republicans want is just a taxpayer bailout of the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry, and the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry. A trillion dollar taxpayer funded private health insurance bailout is all you really get without a robust government-run public option available on day one. Co-OP’s ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION. They are a fraud being pushed by the GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry that is KILLING YOU!

YOU CANT HAVE AN INSURANCE MANDATE WITHOUT A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION. MANDATING PRIVATE FOR PROFIT HEALTH INSURANCE AS YOUR ONLY CHOICE WOULD BE A DISASTER AND UNETHICAL, CORRUPT, AND MORALLY REPUGNANT. AND PROBABLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS WELL.

These industries have been slaughtering you and your loved ones like cattle for decades for profit. Including members of congress and their families. These REPUBLICANS are FOOLS!

Republicans and their traitorous allies have been trying to make it look like it’s President Obama’s fault for the delays, and foot dragging. But I think you all know better than that. President Obama inherited one of the worst government catastrophes in American history from these REPUBLICANS! And President Obama has done a brilliant job of turning things around, and working his heart out for all of us.

But Republicans think you are just a bunch of stupid, idiot, cash cows with short memories. Just like they did under the Bush administration when they helped Bush and Cheney rape America and the rest of the World.

But you don’t have to put up with that. And this is what you can do. The Republicans below will be up for reelection on November 2, 2010. Just a little over 13 months from now. And many of you will be able to vote early. So pick some names and tell their voters that their representatives (by name) are obstructing TRUE healthcare reform. And are sellouts to the insurance and medical lobbyist.

Ask them to contact their representatives and tell them that they are going to work to throw them out of office on November 2, 2010, if not before by impeachment, or recall elections. Doing this will give you something more to do to make things better in America. And it will make you feel better too.

There are many resources on the internet that can help you find people to call and contact. For example, many social networking sites can be searched by state, city, or University. Be inventive and creative. I can think of many ways to do this. But be nice. These are your neighbors. And most will want to help.

I know there are a few democrats that have been trying to obstruct TRUE healthcare reform too. But the main problem is the Bush Republicans. Removing them is the best thing tactically to do. On the other hand. If you can easily replace a democrat obstructionist with a supportive democrat, DO IT!

You have been AMAZING!!! people. Don’t loose heart. You knew it wasn’t going to be easy saving the World. :-)

God Bless You

jacksmith — Working Class

I REST MY CASE (http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/0 7/25/why-markets-cant-cure-healthcare/)

Republican Senators up for re-election in 2010.

* Richard Shelby of Alabama
* Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
* John McCain of Arizona
* Mel Martinez of Florida
* Johnny Isakson of Georgia
* Mike Crapo of Idaho
* Chuck Grassley of Iowa
* Sam Brownback of Kansas
* Jim Bunning of Kentucky
* David Vitter of Louisiana
* Kit Bond of Missouri
* Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
* Richard Burr of North Carolina
* George Voinovich of Ohio
* Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
* Jim DeMint of South Carolina
* John Thune of South Dakota
* Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas
* Bob Bennett of Utah

Posted by jacksmith | Report as abusive
 

I am opposed to providing free health care to illegal aliens. Also am very concerned about the changes to be made to Medicare. I don’t want to become a second class citizen and have my health care administered by some government flunkies. I work(ed) hard and long , and paid for this entitlement through self employment taxes for over 50 years.

Posted by Pete Douma | Report as abusive
 

Has anyone noticed that the people screaming out look nothing like the Americans that are in need of health care?
Does anyone really believe that any government plan will be the ONLY plan?

 

I am for President Obama’s plan for “Universal Healthcare”. I also think that these Republican attacks at townhall meetings are shameful, because they don’t want to discuss, they are disruptive!!

Posted by Victor Inslee | Report as abusive
 

Let me get this right, the GOV. wants us to give them the power to operate medical benefits and 1/7 of the economy. This is the same group thats been running gov for the last 30 yrs, the same ones that control social security, medicare, medicaid, monitored mortgage business, etc., etc. and think middle class income is $250,000 yearly. HUH ! I DONT THINK SO. Check out all these Politicians Back Grounds. They have been drawing a gov. paycheck for most of their life when they werent being lawyers. We need regular people back in control we need term limits for EVERY ELECTED OFFICE from the city to state to federal position. Their Benefits should be Social Security and Medicare.

Posted by Shutts | Report as abusive
 

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