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Health Care Reform Facts Question & Answers

2013 August 25
by Sarah Fields

Helen asks…

Are there any compiled emails of facts concerning health care reform?

I have been receiving a lot of extremely ignorant and absurd emails concerning the health care reform. Many of these people apparently haven’t done any actual research and are blindly forwarding emails without being properly informed. I am just searching for an email that is full of facts that I can send to my friends and family – not in an effort to persuade them one way or the other, but simply to INFORM them. I could do it myself, but it would be much easier if there were already one full of resources compiled… Thanks!

Sarah Fields answers:

I don’t have anything already compiled, but a website that you might find useful is www.factcheck.org, which is nonpartisan and will give you the truth.

Here, for instance, is a list of twenty-six lies regarding the healthcare reform bill: http://factcheck.org/2009/08/twenty-six-lies-about-hr-3200/

Each lie is debunked with facts. There are also articles fact-checking the president’s speech last week as well as other myths regarding healthcare.

You can also read the actual bill here: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3200/show

Ken asks…

Does the health care reform bill allow federal funding for abortion?

Or any other type of funding for abortion?

Dammit, I have been looking all over the internet for solid information about this bill and all I encounter are a million contradictions!

Please provide solid, factual information regarding (1) my abortion question and (2) where I can find health care reform bill facts (it’s best if you summarize/explain it to me and provide links).

Sarah Fields answers:

The bill segregates private insurance premium funds from taxpayer funds. Individuals would have to pay for abortion coverage by making two separate payments, private funds would have to be kept in a separate account from federal and taxpayer funds. This means that only those that wanted a private insurance policy that covers abortion would have to purchase it, and they would have to pay for the abortion addition to the policy separately. No public funds or subsidies could be applied to the abortion addition of the policy, only to the rest of the policy.

No health care plan would be required to offer abortion coverage. States could pass legislation choosing to opt out of offering abortion coverage through the exchange.

Http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR03590:@@@D&summ2=m&

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20000846-503544.html

Mandy asks…

Why is it so difficult to pass health care reform?

Okay, so I know that this question can lead to a lot of biased accounts, but that isn’t what I am looking for. I just want unbiased facts about why health care reform isn’t being passed. I don’t want to start a political debate or make people angry.

Sarah Fields answers:

There are industries and individuals making billions and billions of dollars under the current setup.

If there is reform, and it’s set up to not bankrupt individuals, companies and the government, then that probably means that the entities currently making out like bandits won’t be able to any more.

Add that to the fact that our current system of “campaign finance” equates to one dollar = one voice, those moneyed interests wield a lot of influence, even before you take into account the latest SCOTUS ruling on corporations.

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