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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One Response to “AARP: ‘Busting the Myths’ On Health Care Reform”

  1. hsr0601 on August 27th, 2009 10:48 pm

    If the findings of CBO over inaction had been released earlier, Ted Kennedy could’ve seen his lifetime wish come true.

    Inaction cost, $9 trillion over the next decade, can not be compared to the balance between estimate and outcome in a worst case of scenario, and this balance could be adjusted each year. (Some of CBO analysis : While the costs of the financial bailouts and economic stimulus bills are staggering, they are only a fraction of the coming costs from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that each year Medicaid will expand by 7 percent, Medicare by 6 percent, and Social Security by 5 percent. These programs face a 75-year shortfall of $43 trillion–60 times greater than the gross cost of the $700 billion TARP financial bailout)). Time does not fix endless greed and energy depletion.

    When the public health is also one of commodity like a house, we come to a tragic and unthinkable conclusion: As to for-profit business, the more and longer ills patients get, the more profits they make…

    The contents of savings… in this reform ‘have nothing to do with’ limit to medical access, rationing, tax raise, and deficit etc.

    Rather, without wiping out these wastes and roots of bankruptcy for middle class, all fronts are sure to face larger financial ruin than this recession, which leads to more limit to medical access, more rationing, more tax raise, and more deficit etc than today…

    As lawmakers debate how to pay for an overhaul of the nation’s health care system, a new report from The Commonwealth Fund claims that including both private and public insurance choices in a new insurance exchange would save the United States as much as $265 billion in administrative costs from 2010 to 2020…

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