Help us fight back with the facts and stop the spread of myths about health care reform. Share the truth about health care reform with four (4) of your friends and family members:
Here are the facts about our new health care law: You can no longer be dropped because of a clerical error or other mistake, when you get sick. Children won’t be dropped because of pre-existing conditions. Young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26, and “lifetime limits” on coverage will be eliminated.
Here are the crazy myths and smears being spread about the new health care law:
Myth #1: Government “death panels” will decide who deserves health care benefits. FACT: Death panels simply don’t exist: they never have, and they never will. Source: "PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: 'Death panels,'" Politifact, December 18, 2009
Myth #2: Small businesses can’t afford health care reform right now
FACT: Tax credits and other measures are already making it easier for small businesses to provide coverage for their employees. Sources: "Health reform starts now: 2010 tax breaks," CNN Money, 4/13/10; “A Presentation on Why We Need Health Care Reform,” Center for American Progress, June 10, 2010.
Myth #3: Health care reform weakens Medicare and hurts seniors.
FACT: Health care reform actually strengthens Medicare. It will stop wasteful overpayments, cut down on fraud and abuse, reduce out-of-pocket costs and provide seniors with free preventative care visits. Source: "Health Care Reform Explained: The New Health Care Law and Extending the Life of Medicare While Saving Money," AARP Bulletin, 8/30/10
Myth #4: Health care reform will bankrupt the country.
FACT: The new health care law will reduce the federal deficit by $138 billion over the next 10 years. Repealing the law would increase the deficit by $455 billion over the same time period. Source: The Washington Post, July 1, 2010; CBO, http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/118xx/doc11820/CrapoLtr.pdf