Health Insurance Reform: Republican Lies Still Working Hard for the Insurance Corporations
Posted by dorian on March 3, 2010
This is an excerpt from a message from Harry Reid addressing the TV ad attacks put out by a republican senatorial candidate. I am not a supporter of Harry Reid but I do support healthcare/insurance reform and the points covered here clearly explains the facts and reasons for reform.
Yesterday a Republican running for the Senate launched a TV ad attacking Harry Reid for supporting health insurance reform, calling it “government run health care.” The spot recycles the same tired insurance company talking points we’ve heard over the past year.
LIE #1: Health insurance reform is “one-size-fits-all government run health care”
TRUTH: If families have coverage and like their plan they can keep it, and are protected against insurance company abuses.
LIE #2: We think ‘Washington’ knows best
TRUTH: Families in Nevada and around the country know best, that’s why the Senate bill gives them more insurance choices.
LIE #3: The Senate’s ‘big government’ health care plan will raise taxes
TRUTH: Right now families pay more than $1,000 each year to cover people who don’t have health insurance – it’s a hidden tax and reforming insurance eliminates it by giving every American access to quality, affordable coverage.
LIE #4: Health insurance reform puts a bureaucrat between you and your doctor
TRUTH: Insurance companies put profit-motivated bureaucrats between patients and their doctors now, rationing care by dropping people when they get sick, denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, and capping yearly and lifetime benefits. Reform will end these shameful practices.
LIE #5: The Senate bill will weaken Medicare
TRUTH: Reform strengthens Medicare, improves benefits for seniors, and ends multi-billion dollar giveaways to insurance companies they don’t need and we can’t afford.
LIE #6: Reform will kill jobs
TRUTH: The cost of health care is crippling small businesses – the Senate bill aims to ease that burden and protect small business jobs.
LIE #7: Reform will push us further into debt
TRUTH: The Senate bill is fiscally responsible, cutting the deficit by $132 billion over the next decade.
LIE #8: ‘Government-run health’ care is wrong
TRUTH: SCHIP is good for kids, Medicare helps Seniors, Medicaid gives a hand up to millions who can’t afford coverage, and the VA works for our Veterans. How someone could claim to stand up for Seniors by supporting and protecting Medicare while railing against ‘government-run’ health care is downright confusing and contradictory.