Whether they come from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina or they are funneled through Rush Limbaugh, the most frustrating parts of the health care debate are the lies and misleading information that come from special interests who are making huge profits in the current unsustainable and broken system.
The flashpoint in President’s Obama proposal is a provision that would allow people to buy into a government program or stay in the private insurance market. That has prompted fear-mongering about socialized medicine and a government takeover and the end of Western civilization as we know it.
One of the most succinct responses to the red-baiting and other lies is a fact sheet produced by Democratic Leaders in the U.S. House called “A Dose of Reality: Myth vs. Fact on Health Reform.” Here’s how it addresses the Republican rhetoric about the government option in the proposals from Obama and House Democrats.
The House proposal will increase choice among an array of high-quality private and public health insurance options. Most importantly, if you like what you have, you can keep it. More Americans will have access to greater choices in doctors and plans by taking away the insurance industry’s ability to deny coverage and care.
Greater access and more choices in health care. That’s what is supposed to scare us?