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Reality Check

August 10, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The White House put out a new website today, “Health Insurance Reform Reality Check,” in an attempt to debunk some of the misinformation circulating about the health care bill. In a series of short YouTube videos, members of the Administration tackle rumors ranging from health care rationing to the claim that the bill would encourage senior citizens to end their own lives.

Will it work? My guess is that the people who are convinced by the rumors aren’t going to have their minds changed by the Administration since they have so much invested in getting the bill passed. Still, the content of each video is strong.

The best way to get to the bottom of it all is to read the bill. It’s dense stuff, but if ordinary citizens do the work of understanding the legislative text, and if they do so with an open mind, I have no doubt that the truth will rise above the rumors.

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