5 Liberal Lies About Obamacare: John Hawkins Article
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John Hawkins : 5 Liberal Lies About Obamacare - Townhall.com
1. The public option won't kill private health insurance.
Private Insurance Not Outlawed | FactCheck.orgIt’s nonsense to say that private insurance will be outlawed, but it will be regulated. In fact, the bill envisions a wide variety of private policies being offered to the public through a new national health insurance exchange resembling the Federal Employee Health Benefits plan, which makes 269 different private plans in total available to federal workers, including members of Congress.
2. Illegal aliens won't be covered
PolitiFact | No free health care for illegal immigrants in the health billThe section says nothing about "non-US citizens" or immigrants, legal or otherwise. In fact, the legislation specifically states that "undocumented aliens" will not be eligible for credits to help them buy health insurance, in Section 246 on page 143.
3. Abortion won't be covered by the bill
PolitiFact | Boehner says Democrats' health care plan would subsidize abortionsCurrently, the 1976 Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions through Medicaid except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's health is in peril. So states that want to offer abortion coverage have to pay for it themselves. Similar restrictions on public funding for abortions applies to federal health care coverage extended to active and retired military and federal employees.
4. The health care bill will lower costs
This is disputable on a number of grounds. The CBO say it would affect the budget but the US would be moving to a more EU model which is cheaper. It would drive costs down for employers and thus help the economy. If the country spends less on healthcare while still retaining the same quality or better then that has to be good.
5. There will be no rationing of health care. If you're wondering if a "death panel" will convene and "pull the plug on Grandma," essentially, the answer is "yes."
Doctor’s Orders? | FactCheck.orgActually, the legislation doesn’t call for any kind of "rationing board," nor does it say the government can, should or will "deny" the public any medical treatments. In fact, the final compromise legislation includes additional language to make this even more clear. Yet, various conservative politicians and commentators have made such claims.
On Death Panels:
PolitiFact | Sarah Palin falsely claims Barack Obama runs a 'death panel'
‘Deadly Doctor’? | FactCheck.orgWe agree that Emanuel’s meaning is being twisted. In one article, he was talking about a philosophical trend, and in another, he was writing about how to make the most ethical choices when forced to choose which patients get organ transplants or vaccines when supplies are limited.
There is rationing now and will be in the future.
PolitiFact | There's rationing in health care now, and there still would be under reform bill