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Email: The One Word To Describe ObamaCare

September 08, 2009 12:22 pm ET

The following email has been widely forwarded.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

"Fw: The One Word Describe ObamaCare"

[note - all mistakes below are original to text of email]


Hey, thanks for forwarding along that email.

It's nuts how many rumors are swirling around out there about the health bills.  It's hard to know which ones are true and which ones are just crazy internet rumors.

If this one were true, I'd be pretty upset - so I decided to see if I could find out for myself.

After claiming to have read the bill, the email's author wrote that "there is no focus on preventing health care need whatever." But that just isn't true. I visited the bill's website and quickly found a section called "National Prevention and Wellness Strategy," which describes in depth how the bill will help Americans maintain good health, rather than just cure sickness.

The email also claimed the bill included Comparative Effectiveness Research to "slow the development of new medications and technologies in order to reduce costs." That's a lie. The bill says no such thing.

Plus, Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is a good thing.  It's just government-sponsored research to identify the most successful approaches to health treatment.  The CER board will simply allow doctors to see the most reliable data on the effectiveness of different treatments, NOT dictate -- or even recommend -- medical decisions.

And by the way, Comparative Effectiveness Research has been going on for years!  Even under President Bush, so it's definitely nothing to be wary of.

The email also claims the bill tasks the National Coordinator for Health Information and Technology to "monitor treatments being delivered to make sure doctors and hospitals are strictly following government guidelines that are deemed appropriate." But that's not true... it says it is quoting the bill, but it's just making up lies about it.

Check it out for yourself:

Then the email claims it would be illegal to keep your private insurance if you change jobs, but that's not true.  If anything changes, it will be because your insurance gets better! Over time, the government will begin to make sure private health insurance policies meet higher standards, such as not refusing to cover people based on pre-existing conditions. 

Next, the email says "after each American turns 65 years of age they have to go to a mandated counseling program that is designed to end life sooner." Again, that's a lie.  I found an article in Newsweek that said: "This lie springs from a provision in the House bill to have Medicare cover optional counseling on end-of-life care for any senior who requests it." You see?  It's not "mandated" at all.  You can read the rest here:

I think by now you can see that pretty much every part of this email is a lie.  So hopefully that helps put your mind at ease.

Have a good week.


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