Health insurance reform opponents continue to spread myths about components of Americaâ€™s Affordable Health Choices Act. Time and again this week, the facts have disproven opponentâ€™s claims.
The myth-spreading has gotten so bad, the Washington Postâ€™s Steven Pearlstein wrote, â€œThe recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political well, they’ve given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition.â€
Myth:Â â€œA government-run plan wouldâ€¦ force employers to drop their coverage, creating a death spiral for private insurance and financial catastrophe for many hospitals and doctors.â€ – Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of Americaâ€™s Health Insurance Plans
Fact:Â The public health insurance option available in Americaâ€™s Affordable Health Choices Act would provide consumers with a choice and encourage innovation and cost containment, especially in regions where one or two private insurance companies dominate the market and could use a little competition. [Find out Why Here]
Myth: â€œIndependent analysis by the Lewin Group shows that 2 out of every 3 people would lose their current coverage, including up to 114 million people who receive health benefits through their employer or other current coverage if a government-run plan â€˜competesâ€™ with private companies.â€ –House Republican Whip Eric Cantorâ€™s â€œKey Factsâ€Â Â Â Â
Fact:Â While news reports have discredited the Lewin Group as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance industry, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed the provisions in Americaâ€™s Affordable Health Choices Act would result in dramatically increased coverage without crowding out private insurance. [Find out Why Here]
Myth: â€œMedicare Services For Seniors Will Be Cut To Pay For Government Takeover.â€ Congressman Cantorâ€™s â€œKey Factsâ€Â
Fact:Â While achieving new efficiencies, fighting fraud, and ending wasteful overpayments to Medicare Advantage providers, Americaâ€™s Affordable Health Choices Act includes several key provisions that improve Medicare benefits and health care for seniors. [Find out Why Here]
Myth: â€œRecord High Taxes To Be Paid By Small Businesses.â€ Congressman Cantorâ€™s â€œKey Factsâ€
Fact:Â Small businesses benefit enormously from Americaâ€™s Affordable Health Choices Act. [Find out Why Here]
Myth:Â â€œThe American people know what government-run health care will mean: â€¦ bigger deficit…â€ â€“ Republican Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana
Fact: The non-partisan CBO found Americaâ€™s Affordable Health Choices Act is deficit neutral. [Find out Why Here]
Myth:Â â€œUnder the current draft of the Democrat health care legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill.â€ â€“ Republican Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana.
Fact:Â Members of Congressâ€™ health care plan will be subject to the same rules as all other employer-sponsored plans. Nothing in the legislation exempts the Federal Employee Health Benefits plan (the plan members of Congress and staff enroll in) from the reforms. [Find out Why Here]
Myth:Â The Republican reform effort, unlike the Democrats proposal, “is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.” â€“ Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx of North Carolina
Fact:Â Americaâ€™s Affordable Health Choices Act extends Medicare coverage to cover the cost of patients voluntarily speaking with their doctors about their values and preferences regarding end-of-life careâ€”empowering older Americans on this critical issue. These are deeply personal decisions that take thoughtful consideration, and it is only appropriate that doctors be compensated for their time. [Find out Why Here]
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