AARP: ‘Busting the Myths’ On Health Care Reform
By Lori Abbot, California News Service
Talk of “socialized medicine,” of “rationing” of health care, and of “death panels” – all scare tactics, according to AARP California. The organization’s state president, Jeannine English, says those are some of the “myths” about health care reform legislation now pending in Congress.
In California, there are more than one million people between the ages of 50 and 64 who are uninsured, with many more under-insured. English says that’s why Washington needs to take action for all Americans.
“Health care in this country just really costs way too much, it wastes way too much money, and it makes too many mistakes and returns too little value. And that’s why it’s crucial that we have health care reform.”
English also disputes claims of a so-called “death panel” in the legislation.
“There’s nothing in the legislation that provides for anything like that. What it does provide is funding so that you can consult with your doctor about end-of-life choices.”
Another “myth,” according to English, is that Congress would cut Medicare benefits or increase out-of-pocket costs.
English says AARP would never support legislation that would weaken current health benefits, and that the final health care reform package must include ideas from both parties.
This week, the AARP Health Action Now van is going on the road to help Californians understand the health care reform proposals.
Opponents cite concerns about cost and say the plans being considered do nothing to control rising medical expenses.
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