Health Care Reform — Myths vs. Facts

When one in three Americans say someone in their family skipped pills, postponed or cut back on needed medical care due to the cost; when countless bankruptcies are related to medical expenses; when the number of uninsured approaches 50 million; when government spending on health programs rises so rapidly that it jeopardizes other priorities; and when employers struggle to pay for the costs of health care, the fact is, we can’t afford not to fix health care. — AARP

Please read Myths Vs Facts regarding health care reform. You can also help counter the fear mongering.

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6 responses to “Health Care Reform — Myths vs. Facts

  • Lightpond Blogger

    I have read the health care reform myth -v- fact letter over at AARP, and I agree with what’s noted there.

    However, remember that AARP is an insurance company. And, remember that it’s the insurance companies that will score a windfall from “reform” if HR3200 passes in its current form. This is because HR3200 mandates — via IRS penalties — that everyone in the US be covered by health insurance via one of the companies in the “cooperative”. What this means 47,000,000 new customers mandated by IRS code to by insurance. And again, remember that AARP is an insurance company.

    We need real reform of health insurance. That means we need at minimum a public option. The best option is HR676 – single payer health insurance for all, exactly like Medicare is today for those 65 and over.

    Read more here: http://lightpond.wordpress.com/

  • Lottie

    Excellent point! Thank you for commenting!

    I admit that I am still fairly ignorant with regard to co-ops, but have recently started researching the subject and attempting to educate myself. From what I have gathered so far, I don’t think co-ops are bad in and of themselves, but I don’t see them solving the main problem with health care in the United States: tens of millions of people without health insurance or access to adequate (let alone quality) health care.

    I absolutely agree that we must have at least a public option, and I fully support a single-payer system like Medicare for everyone.

    I should have been clear in that my goal was not so much to support or promote AARP, but to try and dispel some of the myths that are being circulated at lightning speed via the internet. This particular AARP page seemed appropriate to that end.

    Thanks again for commenting and for giving me the opportunity to, once again, clarify my position as well. πŸ™‚

  • saintpaulgrrl

    I just wanted to pop in and say that AARP is not an insurance company in any way, shape or form. It is an organization that advocates for the interests and needs of those citizens over the age of 50 with its various programs and outreach. http://www.aarp.org/about_aarp/aarp_foundation/programs_services/

  • Lottie

    Thank you for the clarification and link, Bonnie. πŸ™‚

  • truthwalker

    Hey Lottie, long time no see! I wrote a 7 part series on healthcare reform. Bleh. Swing by and read the exciting conclusion. Or, not. Good to see you writing again.

  • Lottie

    Hey! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been out of the loop for a while. Sorry I haven’t been by yours. I’m having an allergy attack and getting ready to hit the sack, so I’ll check out your series tomorrow.

    Hope all is well with you and Becky!

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