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  • Just to Clear Up that “Misinformation”

    After pushing Americans to turn in any “fishy” information, ABC-reporter-turned-White-House-communications-director Linda Douglass recently led an hour-long, government-sponsored Webcast on health care reform, “to take on some of the myths you’ve heard.”

    Douglass along with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other health administration officials spent most of the state-run Webcast touting the health care savings of health information technologies as well as prevention and wellness services — savings the Congressional Budget Office has refused to take into account in its scoring of current health care legislation.

    “These can make the system more efficient and reduce premiums over time,” Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said on the Webcast. While health information technology certainly holds the potential to lower health system costs, former HHS Deputy Secretary Tevi Troy notes of the Obama approach:

    Given the many hurdles and technical difficulties with [electronic health records or EHRs], it is not clear that rapid government-financed adoption is the best way to proceed. But that is exactly what the Obama Administration is doing: subsidizing the adoption of EHRs by doctors and hospitals for four years, after which it will likely penalize doctors and hospitals that do not have EHRs in place.

    Other “myths” that the group addressed were the definitions for terms used in the health care debate, like single-payer, public option and co-op.

    Repeating President Barack Obama’s promise that if you like your health coverage you’ll keep it, Sebelius claimed that a government-run health insurance plan, or the public option, creates “a new shopping option for those Americans who have no access to affordable health insurance now.” But the Lewin Group’s analysis of the House Tri-Committee bill has a vastly different projection. More than 88 million Americans could lose their private, employer-sponsored coverage if a public plan modeled on Medicare were introduced in the marketplace, the respected health consulting company found.

    The incentives structured in the bill would encourage employers to dump their current insurance plans, moving million of Americans out of the coverage they have today.

    Interestingly, Sebelius noted a “co-op is the Senate version of the same scheme,” referencing to the public option. She also explained that single-payer systems, where the government runs health care services, would stay a European initiative. “No on in Congress or the President is talking about dismantling the private insurance market and setting up a single-payer system.” But Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) have both argued that the public plan option is a way to get a single-payer system of national health insurance.

    On the current congressional activity, Sebelius said, “It’s important we do [health care reform] a step at a time, but it’s also important that we get this right.” She did not address if Congress was moving at too fast of a speed to push through 1,000+ pages of legislation that some congressional members have said need to be divided up in sections among members to read.

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    4 Responses to Just to Clear Up that “Misinformation”

    1. KathyF, Arizona says:

      No matter how many times their lies are refuted by the FACTS and the RECORD, they keep repeating them. That old addage, 'if you repeat a lie often enough people will start to believe it to be true' only works when the FACTS are hidden. Sorry, Pelosi, Hoyer, Reid, Douglass, Obama and the rest of the Vanguard for the Proletariat (or so they imagine themselves to be, claiming to know what's best for us), no matter how many times you claim it won't bankrupt the country, the PEOPLE know the facts, and facts are stubborn things.

      At this juncture, I trust the CBO's very conservative idea of the cost over your lies. I also know that the CBO's projections are far, far too low! Why should we, the American taxpayer, believe your glib words when your ACTIONS speak far more loudly that Congress is incapable of staying within budget on ANYTHING, most especially health care. Your track record speaks for itself. Medicare and Medicaid bankrupt, Veteran's health care and Indian health care programs are a joke, waste is in the billions and billions of dollars (imagine how many Americans' health needs would be taken care of just by eliminating wasteful spending by YOU and your cronies?), and yet you want us to TRUST you to run a national health care program? Not likely.

      The health care legislation now under consideration will bankrupt the country in short order. And who will bail the U.S. out? China? Bilbray (R-CA) said Friday on Hannity that the interest we're being charged for overseas borrowing has doubled in just 3 months! How much will Congress have to borrow from overseas to FUND this health care monstrosity? Mark my words, we will see a Great Depression the likes of which this country has NEVER known if this unconstitutional legislation is passed in any shape or form.

      Scrap it and start over with REAL reform, instead of a power and money grab which this legislation excrement obviously is.

    2. Bobbie Jay says:

      Excellent! Thank you, Kathy. Not to mention the inefficient, 1000 page bill is more corrupt then good for the people. The 1000 pages makes it clear!

      Members of government choosing not to read all, puts people in a very dangerous position… by choice. If America valued life like it once had, government would be honest and protect or this action would be grounds to arrest.

      The lies found out by dignified organizations such as this, informing the people is costing out of pocket, money and time. While government gets paid where ever they're at, to corrupt, bribe, cheat and stealing more money and time of the peoples'.

      Thank God for Heritage and the like!

    3. Bobbie Jay says:

      Another wasted bit on this stupid snitch site. Can't believe the extreme, weak, childish, thin skin of the American Government! Where they should be ignorant, they spend time and money!

    4. Kathy Ellicott City, says:

      I agree with every work Kathy said. Facts are

      facts…this administration has already spent far to much money…who is going to pay for all of this!

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