Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Repubs & Healthcare Corps Target Seniors to Stop Healthcare Reform

Elaine & Joel,

Thanks for sending info on the lies by the Republicans who prefer to destroy Medicare so Healthcare Corporations have more customers at a high price for only healthy seniors.


Republican leader Roy Blunt (R-MO) who is now running against Robin Carnahan (D-MO) for Senate in Missouri announced in late July that Republicans will not submit an alternative Healthcare Plan! He basically announced our goal is stop a reform of Healthcare to prevent Healthcare for "Profit" corporations from denying you healthcare when you really need it!

The Rachel Maddow Show TRMS gave us proof that the shouting matches at the Democrats trying to explain healthcare reform is a deliberate attempt by Republicans and Healthcare Corporations to prevent an effective healthcare reform bill from passing. 9 minutes, but even watching it for 2 minutes is very informative.

They are trying to target Seniors because they already supported McCain by 53% in November. They are also more fearful of losing Medicare benefits. So they are deliberately lying to the public via 60 Plus fake lobbing groupt that claims to represent seniors, but whose chief purpose is to scare seniors. 3 minutes.

Remember that the anti-healthcare reform group is from lobbyist group supported by Republicans and Heathcare Companies who fear losing profits by no longer being able to reject people who have pre-existing health problems such as high blood pressure or if you forget to include going to the doctor for acne which have no relevance to your current health problem so they can drop you immediately with no appeal.

Rachel Maddow is the best place to go to find out about groups not really interested in giving seniors and others better healthcare for the same or even less money as shown by #1 Healthcare company The Mayo Clinic.

Last night I watched Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland) C-SPAN (1.5 hours) and others. Cardin was the most impressive by far. The questions Cardin got were prepared professionally prepared objections to the Democratic bills still in progress or I suspect lobbyists for Healthcare corporations. He had a huge audience at a high school which tends to limit individual comments because the background noise prevents them from being heard so they had to go to the microphone, the same as President Obama's audience. Even if you watch just a few minutes which has heathcare disasters with the current system. Obama's people helped her get treatment for her two year old child.

Dylan Ratigan in the Morning Show 9-11 AM ET and 6-8 AM PT interviewed the senior who went ballistic at Senator Spector's (D-Penn) town hall meeting. He was unable to answer any of the questions by Dylan and just had rambling soundbites which he was reading. I doubt that anyone could understand Craig Miller's point even though he was reading from a list which may have been prepared by healthcare lobbyists. He was from a district that voted for McCain.

Jim Kawakami
Aug 12, 2009

Right-wing mobs are crashing congressional town halls, lies are spreading via anonymous email chains,

The health care fight has turned ugly, fast. Right-wing mobs are crashing congressional town halls,1 lies are spreading via anonymous email chains,2 and Sarah Palin bizarrely said that President Obama was going to set up a "death panel," whatever that is.3
Many of these claims are just incredible-but if we don't fight back with the truth, the right will continue to poison the health care debate. So as part of our Real Voices for Change campaign this August, we're working to set the record straight.
Check out the list below: "Top Five Health Care Lies-and How to Fight Back." Can you spread the word by passing this email along to 10 of your friends today?
Also, if you're on Facebook, please post the list today by clicking here: If you're on Twitter, retweet: @MoveOn Check out the Top 5 Health Care Lies-and How to Fight Back.
Top Five Health Care Reform Lies-and How to Fight Back
Lie #1: President Obama wants to euthanize your grandma!!!
The truth: These accusations-of "death panels" and forced euthanasia-are, of course, flatly untrue. As an article from the Associated Press puts it: "No 'death panel' in health care bill."4 What's the real deal? Reform legislation includes a provision, supported by the AARP, to offer senior citizens access to a professional medical counselor who will provide them with information on preparing a living will and other issues facing older Americans.5
Lie #2: Democrats are going to outlaw private insurance and force you into a government plan!!!
The truth: With reform, choices will increase, not decrease. Obama's reform plans will create a health insurance exchange, a one-stop shopping marketplace for affordable, high-quality insurance options.6 Included in the exchange is the public health insurance option-a nationwide plan with a broad network of providers-that will operate alongside private insurance companies, injecting competition into the market to drive quality up and costs down.7
If you're happy with your coverage and doctors, you can keep them.8 But the new public plan will expand choices to millions of businesses or individuals who choose to opt into it, including many who simply can't afford health care now.
Lie #3: President Obama wants to implement Soviet-style rationing!!!
The truth: Health care reform will expand access to high-quality health insurance, and give individuals, families, and businesses more choices for coverage. Right now, big corporations decide whether to give you coverage, what doctors you get to see, and whether a particular procedure or medicine is covered-that is rationed care. And a big part of reform is to stop that.
Health care reform will do away with some of the most nefarious aspects of this rationing: discrimination for pre-existing conditions, insurers that cancel coverage when you get sick, gender discrimination, and lifetime and yearly limits on coverage.9 And outside of that, as noted above, reform will increase insurance options, not force anyone into a rationed situation.
Lie #4: Obama is secretly plotting to cut senior citizens' Medicare benefits!!!
The truth: Health care reform plans will not reduce Medicare benefits.10 Reform includes savings from Medicare that are unrelated to patient care-in fact, the savings comes from cutting billions of dollars in overpayments to insurance companies and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse.11
Lie #5: Obama's health care plan will bankrupt America!!!
The truth: We need health care reform now in order to prevent bankruptcy-to control spiraling costs that affect individuals, families, small businesses, and the American economy.
Right now, we spend more than $2 trillion dollars a year on health care.12 The average family premium is projected to rise to over $22,000 in the next decade13-and each year, nearly a million people face bankruptcy because of medical expenses.14 Reform, with an affordable, high-quality public option that can spur competition, is necessary to bring down skyrocketing costs. Also, President Obama's reform plans would be fully paid for over 10 years and not add a penny to the deficit.15 ... From

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