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What You Need To Know About Health Care Reform


What Obamacare really means for you and your granny


Fact 7: There Are A Lot Of Scary Lies Out There

Many variations of the word "Fire!" are being shouted in America's auditoriums.

  • By now, even Sarah Palin knows the death squads aren't coming to get her or her baby.

  • Euthanasia is not advocated or even mentioned in the bill.

  • The proposal is "abortion neutral," meaning it has no effect on current law regarding abortion.

  • Illegal aliens are specifically excluded from eligibility for vouchers.

  • The bill won't give the government access to your bank account. That started with a reference to streamlining payment methods between doctors and insurers.

Some of the fears people are expressing are way too complicated for a yes or no answer. Such as:

"I'll be forced to join the public plan." Proponents say it's just not true; the plan is a choice not a mandate. But opponents say some employers are bound to switch to the lowest-cost public option.

"I won't be able to keep my doctor." You will, as long as your doctor participates in your public plan, or for that matter, your private plan. The choice really is the doctor's.

"Government bureaucrats will write my health insurance policy
." The benefits included in the affordable health care option will be defined by the government, as will the minimum benefits in premium and premium-plus plans. Proponents say that will allow consumers to compare costs and benefits easily. Opponents say the government ought to stay out of health insurance.

"A faceless government paper-pusher will make decisions on my health care." Proponents say these decisions will be made by you and your doctor, as always. Cynics say that a faceless corporate paper-pusher now makes that decision for you, by approving or disapproving reimbursement, so you have your choice of public or private devils.

"This plan is a socialist takeover of the health care system." The government is not proposing to seize ownership of private, for-profit hospitals or insurance companies. It does propose to offer its own insurance plan to compete with private insurers. And it will continue to offer insurance coverage to seniors, through Medicare, and to the poor, through Medicaid.

"The plan will drive private insurers out of business." Impossible to say, but it certainly has made them nervous.

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