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August 17th, 2009 1:52 pm
Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers
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As much as the White House would like to claim that they are the sole source of facts about health care, President Obama recently made some comments that have little factual support in the actual House bill.

For example:

  • The White House claims that if you like your health care plan then you can keep it. However, no one agrees.  Even non-partisan estimates agree that up to 100 million Americans could lose their health coverage. The White House can’t guarantee everyone will keep their current plan, despite the President’s political posturing.
  • The White House claims that government control won’t break the budget. False. The Congressional Budget Office even noted that the current version of the bill would increase the federal deficit by at least $239 billion.
  • President Obama: “I don’t believe anyone should be in charge of your health care decisions but you and your doctor.” But, even the current House bill establishes a Health Benefits Advisory Committee to make decisions, including cost sharing and benefits.

The White House might claim that  it has a monopoly on the truth, but gap between rhetoric and reality on health care reform is about as large as America’s distrust with government-run health care.

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