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Senate Opponents Delivering 'Chicken Little' Mistruths Crafted to Sow Fear on Health Reform, says Consumer Watchdog
Date:12/7/2009

n robbed from Medicare for a huge federal entitlement!!! (Related: Hospitals and doctors will refuse to treat Medicare patients!!!)

The longer truth: The money saved from cutting fraud and abuse, reducing the Medicare Advantage overpayment, and reducing the growth of hospital costs would be largely or entirely used to shore up Medicare's financing, at least delaying the program's risk of insolvency. Hospitals and other medical groups have agreed that the cuts would be offset by more revenue when millions more people are insured, and the American Hospital Association has said loudly and clearly that its members would not, ever, turn away Medicare patients.

Having more non-seniors insured -- the "entitlement" part -- offers a major indirect benefit even to Medicare patients, because hospital resources are not drained off to pay for treatment of the uninsured, often in costly emergency rooms.

** Health reform is a job killer!!!

Longer truth: This one is hard to follow -- usually somehow related to rural hospitals laying off staff if any of their federal payments are cut. But it's an utter lie. Economists are unanimous that health reform would create good jobs -- not just doctor and registered nurse jobs, but for medical assistants, technicians, home health aides -- real jobs that pay more than minimum wage and often come with benefits.

** Government would take over control of your health care!!! (Related: Federal bureaucrats will deny and delay your care!!!)

Longer truth: The current bills are about as privatized as a reform could be, with government's role mainly as a provider of subsidies for those who cannot afford private insurance, and guarantor that insurance benefits are worth the paper they're written on. In credible polls, people are happier with (government-run) Medicare than with even employer-provided health insurance, so in many ways it's too bad that the government prese
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