More Debunking of Right Wing Misinformation On Health Care Reform

There’s some more fact checking on health care reform worth noting today. The Los Angeles Times has a handful of questions. Their answers are longer, but I’ll just give the beginnings a portion of their answers:

Does the legislation include provisions to encourage senior citizens to commit suicide?

No. This has become one of the most misleading, inflammatory claims made in the healthcare debate, advanced repeatedly by conservative commentators such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and Republican lawmakers working to stoke fears among seniors.

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) recently suggested that the Democratic healthcare bill would “put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.” There is no such provision.

Would the government ration care?

This is almost impossible to say, although if the legislation passes there may be less “rationing” than there is now…

Most controversial, the bills would fund more research into the comparative effectiveness of various drugs and medical procedures.

The legislation does not dictate that the research be used to limit coverage of any procedures. And many doctors and other healthcare experts see this kind of research as crucial to improving the quality of care. Nonetheless, some critics say the provisions someday could allow the government to use this research to limit what Medicare or other government insurance programs would cover.

The euthanasia issue (which I had considerably more information on here) is also debunked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jay Bookman quotes from Human Events:

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

Bookman notes the absurdity of using Hawking as an example:

Of course, that same Stephen Hawking who wouldn’t have a chance in the United Kingdom was in fact born in the United Kingdom, has lived his entire life in the United Kingdom and lives there still today, at the ripe old age of 67. (He was in fact hospitalized earlier this month.) Hawking is, you might say, living, breathing proof that these people are first-class fools.

Howard Kurtz has discussed the media’s coverage of Sarah Palin’s claims about death panels:

Yes, there is a point where the media should say a politician is wrong, and this is the point. There may or may not be a legitimate discussion about the end-of-life counseling in the Obama health plan (which is voluntary, by the way) and whether it is intrusive. It’s a long way from that to “death panels,” even by the loose rhetorical standards of modern politics. I was surprised that the ex-governor’s Facebook comments didn’t get much pickup at first, though that is starting to change in the last couple of days. As I noted in this morning’s column, wasn’t it Sarah Palin who demanded that journalists “quick making things up”?

Finally, if any other evidence is needed that there is nothing to the euthanasia claims, Glenn Beck has joined Sarah Palin and other ignorant right wingers in making this claim.


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    Eclectic Radical says:

    “Finally, if any other evidence is needed that there is nothing to the euthanasia claims, Glenn Beck has joined Sarah Palin and other ignorant right wingers in making his claim.”
    I love the beauty of this concise and accurate put-down. Very nice turn of phrase, Ron. As a writer, I’m jealous. 🙂

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    opit says:

    Teh funny of the day.

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