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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?

You can read a .pdf of the entire fact sheet here.


  1. Kimberly

    June 12, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I really don’t see what the problem is with a public health insurance program option. We already have Medicaid and Medicare. Medicaid, in my experience, is a fantastic program in what it covers and although I wish the caps would be expanded to reflect 2009 incomes, at least it is a good option that families can make sacrifices to obtain. Personally, I would love a public health insurance option that is on a sliding fee scale based on income and specific individual situation but still offers the same quality coverage to everyone. My concern about the discussion of a public health insurance option is if they offer the same plans that insurance companies do based on what an individual can afford. For example, if I can only afford $100.00 per month then will I only be able to obtain critical care/ a very scaled down and limited coverage plan. If that is the case then it won’t help anyone. I believe we should expand Medicaid.

  2. Adam Searing

    June 12, 2009 at 10:03 am

    NC Blue Cross is a virtual monopoly in North Carolina – especially in the small business and individual market. Just ask any insurance agent. They oppose reform because they’d actually have to compete with another health plan – and consumers would win because we’d finally have a choice.

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