Reality Check addresses health care concerns
While the old “fight fire with fire” saying doesn’t really make any sense, it does make sense to fight the internet with the internet. In response to all of the outlandish rumors and lies surrounding health care legislation, the Obama administration has launched Reality Check, a web site that addresses health care legislation concerns — fabricated or not.
Not surprisingly, at the top of the Reality Check site is a video addressing “the malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors.”
Why such a hot topic?
I often get frustrated when reading about the arguments against the Obama administration’s health care reform program. So far, all I have seen are arguments against fabricated claims, not the actual legislation. Sure, people take exception to the cost, which isn’t going to be covered with cheap loans or out of thin air, but the only individuals who will be paying for health care reform are those who make more than $350,000 a year.
These are the six videos that appear on Reality Check, addressing the main concerns that have popped up in various media:
- Reform will stop “rationing” — not increase it
- The “euthanasia” distortion on help for families
- Vets’ health care is safe and sound
- Reform will benefit small business — not burden it
- Your medicare is safe, and stronger with reform
- You can keep your own insurance
Paying for priorities
The Republican Party is falling back on two of the main blocks in the party foundation: freedom and money. Although the party is bound and determined to prove that health care reform will infringe on people’s freedom, that simply isn’t true. For people who want to keep the insurance they currently have, nothing will change. For people who want to use the national health care option, there are rules and regulations very similar to a private health insurance plan.
People opposed to health care reform also argue about the cost, but what could possibly be more important than the health and well-being of our country’s citizens? The same people who jump at the chance to spend billions fighting wars in other countries won’t even listen to arguments for why we should take care of our own people at home, and they’re willing to lie and cheat to stop it. Mind-blowing.
More resources on Reality Check
Besides the videos debunking the major myths, the Reality Check web site also has a section on consumer protections and a Frequently Asked Questions section.
Before you jump on the bandwagon, one way or the other, I highly recommend you head to Reality Check to watch short, simple, clear, accurate videos that address questions about health care reform. If you keep an open mind and focus on the well-being of individuals rather than politics, talking points or party affiliation, you just might learn something. You still might not agree with health care reform, but at least you’ll have your facts straight.
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