Monday, January 25, 2010

Health Care Reform Arrgh!

My wife forwarded me one of those emails, you know the ones that pass your desk from time to time, this one supposedly written by a Doctor, so it must be true...

I found a version of the Health Care Bill online, the great thing about the government is that everything they produce is in the public domain... And can be found online for free!

Anyway, I refuted two claims in about twenty minutes...

Then I went to snopes and found a link that does some more fact checking...

Here is a quote from one of the fact checking organizations:

Finally, we consulted with Jennifer Tolbert, an independent health care analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan foundation that studies health care reform. Tolbert has read and analyzed all the major health proposals, including those of the Republicans, and the foundation providespoint-by-point analyses of the plans on its Web site.

We're hardened, battle-scarred fact-checkers, so false claims in e-mails don't really surprise us anymore. But we sent Tolbert a copy of the latest from our in-box, and she was none too pleased.

"It's awful," she said. "It's flat-out, blatant lies. It's unbelievable to me how they can claim to reference the legislation and then make claims that are blatantly false."

The claim that the bill provides free health care for illegal immigrants is particularly egregious, Tolbert said. "No one's provided with free health care. That's ridiculous," she said.

This is what is frustrating for me, things being passed around as true which are blatantly false... It seems that the Republican party which prides itself on being about family values... seems to have forgotten that "Honesty is the best Policy"

But, I have come to expect that from the Party of Family Values...

One final note, this is from the article and it mentions the origins of the email:

Finally, a few words about the e-mail's origins. It appears that someone out there based it on the work of Peter Fleckenstein, who publishes commentary on the Twitter messaging service under the name Fleckman . (Some of the e-mails we receive credit him, but many do not.) Fleckenstein strongly opposes the Democratic health plan and labels most of his posts #tcot , which stands for "top conservatives on Twitter." Fleckenstein has also posted the analysis at his blog, Common Sense from a Common Man . Many of the e-mails we received have made changes to Fleckenstein's original tweets, and the e-mail we've checked here has made changes as well.

Like I said, this kind of public discourse just sickens me...

Here is a link to the article in question.

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