According to CNN Obama slams ‘outrageous myths’ about health care

22 Aug

On CNN’s site it says “WASHINGTON (CNN) — Facing a recent erosion of public support for health-care overhaul, President Obama lashed out at his opponents Saturday for spreading “outrageous myths” on the Internet, television, and at town hall forums.

President Obama talks about health care reform Thursday in Washington.

Republican leaders, in turn, said it was Obama who is guilty of playing “fast and loose with the facts.”

They repeated their assertion that the president’s proposed government-funded public health insurance option would destroy the current private insurance-based system.

“I’m glad that so many are engaged,” Obama said in his weekly radio address. But it should “be an honest debate, not one dominated by willful misrepresentations and outright distortions, spread by the very folks who would benefit the most by keeping things exactly as they are.”

Obama emphasized that, contrary to the assertions of many, illegal immigrants will not get health insurance under a reform plan.

“That idea has never even been on the table,” he said.

He said the charge that funding for abortions would be mandated is false, as is the notion that federal “death panels” would be established to discourage care for the sick and elderly. Watch as the president debunks what he calls the myths about health care »

The health-care bill advanced in the House of Representatives would include coverage of end-of-life counseling for Medicare beneficiaries who want it. The provision was recently dropped, however, by Senate negotiators.

Obama asserted that his plan would not lead to “a government takeover of health care,” and said the proposed public option is just “one idea among many to provide more competition and choice.”

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