>Brookings Oregon News, Sports, & Weather | The Curry Coastal Pilot

News Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

News arrow Opinion arrow Editorials arrow Health care reform: Separating lies from facts

Health care reform: Separating lies from facts Print E-mail
September 26, 2009 05:00 am

There’s an old proverb that says a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still getting its boots on. This surely seems to be the case with all the misinformation going around in the current debate about health care.

For example, recent reports from NBC and the Wall Street Journal showed that a majority of people surveyed believe that the current health care proposal will provide insurance to illegal immigrants. In fact, no bill says this, and a key House bill explicitly forbids it.

Some letter writers have said that to save costs Medicare beneficiaries would face rationing of care. In fact, our current health care services are rationed. People with insurance these days will find that most companies don’t cover everything, and those that do, it is only up to a point.

AARP, the leading advocate for seniors, has stated that none of the health care reform proposals being considered by Congress would cut Medicare benefits or increase out-of-pocket costs for Medicare services. In fact, most of the proposals being discussed will lower prescription drug costs for people with Medicare Part D by closing the “doughnut hole.”

Most of us can take issues with some aspects of the proposed legislation. However, it is up to each one of us to make an effort to understand  what the facts are rather than simply parroting what we hear on TV news, talk radio and the Internet.

— Wescom News Service

 

The Pilot front page

Get home delivery of the Curry Coastal Pilot in Brookings-Harbor for only $4 a month or $48/year. By mail, subscriptions are $55 a year outside of Curry County. After filling out one simple and secure online form, you could be on your way to learning more about Brookings-Harbor, Curry County and America's Wild Rivers Coast.
subscribe

Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use