Saturday, August 8, 2009

Health Care Reform: Why all the lies?

Let's just get some things straight here. I am not saying I know all of the details of the proposed health care overhaul, but I am smart enough to know that not everything people are saying is true. Let's go over a few that are featured on the Pulitzer prize winning Politifact website:

1. The health care reform plan would set limits similar to the "socialized" system in Britain, where people are allowed to die if their treatment would cost more than $22,000. FALSE!
2. Forty-five percent of Americans went without needed care because of costs in 2007. TRUE (based on survey responses).

3. "As many as 22,000 Americans die each year because they don’t have health insurance." TRUE.
4. "All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services." FALSE!
In the health care bill, The 'Health Choices Commissioner' will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None. FALSE!
6.The health care reform bill "would make it mandatory — absolutely require — that every five years people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner."

Where are some of these outright lies coming from? You know something is being threatened in a big way when the politics get this outrageous. What could be at $take here? I pray that our leaders come to a solution that helps those of us who are uninsured or underinsured, and do not let the in$urance companie$ pressure them into weakening such greatly needed reforms.

Update: Well, now we know where some of these messages are coming from HAHAHA...
Quoted from Sarah Palin's official facebook page:
And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.


Zoya said...

But with the new health plan you will be required to get insurance, Right? Why do we have to get insurance - Insurance companies are the problem. I say we just get universal health care - A real program. Not the jimmied and lobbied one they have come up with in an attempt to keep the insurance companies happy. The new plan is not socialist enough! We need a single player plan! Patrick

Isiik said...

I agree a single payer plan would be way better. But realistically that's not going to happen any time soon. Maybe this could be the first step in the right direction...I hope...

Zoya, Patrick, Nora and Stuart said...

I'm worried that we'll get a crappy compromise and then everybody will forget about it until it gets really bad again down the road. I'd rather do nothing and let the system crash sooner - and then REALLY fix. Forever. Patrick