August 18th, 2009
04:45 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Is health care rationing in the cards?

The Statement:
Jason Rogers of San Antonio, Texas: "Four years ago my father was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. After 18 months, we fought that disease with everything we had. Under a public option or government-run health care system, would that type of care be possible? Is it something that 10 years from now we're going to have to sacrifice or come up with a tremendous amount of cash to pay for it because it would be rationed under our government-run health care system?"

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Filed under: Health care fact check
August 17th, 2009
03:02 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: No eye care until you're blind in one eye?

The Statement:
Florence Mackie of North Carolina writes to CNN, "I got a disturbing e-mail that said the new health bill would not help a person with macular degeneration until they lost the vision in one eye first." She asks, "Is this true?"

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Filed under: Health care fact check
August 13th, 2009
05:04 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Will new health bill cover illegal immigrants?

The statement: Questions about whether those in the United States illegally would be covered by the health-care bill now before the House of Representatives have been a staple of the raucous public meetings some members of Congress have been hosting during their August break. At least two people raised the issue at a forum held by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, on Wednesday, and Cardin's insistence that "Illegal aliens will not be in this bill - period - the end" was met with a round of jeers.

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Filed under: Health care • Health care fact check
August 13th, 2009
04:06 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Will college students who can't remain on parents' insurance policies because of age be insured under the Obama plan?

The statement: From David Morris of Portland, Maine: "I'd like to know if under Obama's insurance reform plan, if students like me who turn 25 and can't be on their parents' insurance anymore while they're full-time students will be covered."

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Filed under: Health care • Health care fact check
August 12th, 2009
06:16 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Say goodnight, Grandpa


The Statement: The health-care bill now before the House of Representatives requires doctors to encourage the elderly to give up medical care "because you're no longer a working citizen who will be paying taxes," as one woman put it at a meeting with Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday. That claim has been spread through a variety of sources, from radio talk shows and e-mail to a Facebook message from former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who vowed never to let government "death panels" determine whether her parents or her infant son - who has Down syndrome - were "worthy of health care."

The "60 Plus Association," a group led by singer Pat Boone, warns in ads that if the House bill passes, "The government, not doctors, will decide if older patients are worth the cost." And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich defended Palin during appearance on ABC's "This Week," saying the Obama administration is "asking us to trust turning power over to the government, when there clearly are people in America who believe in establishing euthanasia."

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August 12th, 2009
04:14 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Will dental insurance be offered under the proposed Health Insurance Exchange?


The Statement: Mike, from Bristol, Connecticut, told CNN that "I've heard dental service will not be covered under the Health Insurance Exchange. Seems like we have to wait for a tooth to become life-threatening before it is considered health care. Why is my mouth not considered part of my health?"

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August 12th, 2009
07:59 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Will health bill let Uncle Sam into your bank account?

The Statement: Twice during a Pennsylvania town hall meeting with Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday, constituents urged him to fight a provision of pending health care legislation that one woman said "gives the government access to private individual bank accounts at their free will."

"I do not think the government has the right to do that," she said. "I would think I would have to brush up on my Constitution, but I would think that's unconstitutional. I know definitely it's un-American."

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