It may be the longest chain e-mail we’ve ever received. A page-by-page analysis of the House health care bill argues that reform will end the health care system as we know it: “Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed! … Page 42: The ‘Health Choices Commissioner’ will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. … Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services.”
Most of what the e-mail says is wrong. In fact, it’s a clearinghouse of bad information circulating around the Web about proposed health care changes, so we thought it would be helpful to address a bunch of its claims.
To check this e-mail, we read the health care bill ourselves. Yes, it’s over 1,000 pages long, but that’s not as long as you might think: The document has large margins, so the text only takes up about one third of each page.
We also read the bill’s legislative summary, a report published by the House that explains the bill in greater detail.
We also have the lies about Canadians pouring across the border for life-saving medical care in the US that they can’t get in Canada. And the lies about Stephen Hawking not getting medical care if he lived in Britain and how in the UK and Canada nobody over 65 gets a hip replacement and on and on and on.
It is so much easier in politics when one decides that truth doesn’t matter – tell a lie, get called on it, tell another lie, create your own ‘reality’ while more rational people try to keep up by actually examining the matter.