Health insurance reform derailed by misinformation, says Obama
Misleading information about health insurance reform has become so rampant that President Obama says opponents are becoming fierce, derailing what he calls our best chance of ensuring affordable health insurance for everyone. Town Hall meetings that include “staged” protests are being held, and orchestrated by Republicans, and backed by private interest groups, say Obama aides. Misinformation about health insurance reform has become rampant.
Making health insurance accessible for all Americans has caused such heated debate, Obama says, "Some have been using misleading information to defeat what they know is the best chance of reform we have ever had."
Examples of misinformation about health insurance reforms include rumors that end of life care is a “sinister” plot to kill elderly people. Obama said in his Saturday address, "Let me explain what reform will mean for you. And let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia, cut Medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care. That's simply not true."
Obama says health insurance reform is vital to the US economy, but critics say the timing suggests otherwise. The price of making insurance affordable for 46 million uninsured Americans is 1 trillion dollars – a cost that critics say the current economy cannot withstand. Suggestions that could pay for health insurance include taxing junk food and alcohol.
Republicans say health insurance reform will do nothing but drive up costs, and hurt the economy. For years, we have been concerned about healthcare costs. The health insurance industry has failed to deliver affordable health care. Pre-existing health conditions often make it impossible for individuals to find affordable health insurance. The result of not having health care coverage has resulted in financial ruin and bankruptcy. According to the National Coalition on Healthcare, “about 1.5 million families lose their homes to foreclosure every year due to unaffordable medical costs”.
The debate rages about health insurance reform, but President Obama is determined to make health insurance affordable for all Americans by the end of this year. Obama plans to hold his own town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire next week. In the meantime, the health of Americans will continue to suffer if we fail to find a means to make health insurance affordable.