August 10th, 2009
11:27 AM ET
13 years ago

White House launches health care 'reality check' Web site

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The White House is stepping up its efforts to promote health care reform with the launch of a new Web initiative that officials say is designed to combat misinformation about the issue.

Citing what it calls "a troubling trend" of "wild rumors and scare tactics," the White House Monday announced the launch of http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/, a new Web page which "focuses on what reform really means for you and your family" and "debunks some common myths along the way," White House New Media Director Macon Phillips wrote on the official White House blog.

In keeping with President Obama's use of social networking sites to engage and utilize his network of supporters during his presidential campaign, the new page also provides users with a number of ways to notify their own networks of contacts about the page and its content.

The Web page features half a dozen videos from Obama aides who discuss various aspects of health care reform and it also has a set of "faq's" or frequently asked questions about health care reform.

"Moving forward, we'll use this platform to provide you with the latest 'Reality Checks' and tools to combat misinformation," Phillips writes in the blog post announcing the new Web page.

The launch of the new administration Web page comes two days after Obama used his weekly Internet and radio address to address recent attacks on Democratic efforts to pass health care reform legislation. In the address, Obama responded to "outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia, cut Medicaid, or bring about a government takeover of health care."

Obama's comments came one day after former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin posted a message on Facebook that suggested Obama's agenda for health care reform, if passed, would deny care to her parents and to her youngest child, Trig, who was born with Down's Syndrome.

The White House's aggressive move to defend health care reform also comes after a week where town halls meetings with congressmen across the country have been attended and disrupted by citizens concerned about the possible adverse effects of health care reform.

soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. carlo

    It's a sad state for the GOP when the leader of the free world has to explain why his proposal doesn't euthanize people or call for mandatory sex change operations. The fact that anyone believes this says a whole lot.

    August 10, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. KG, Twin Cities

    If, as Sarah Palin states, Obama will have "death panels" then the first people required to be in line for judgement would be Republicans.

    August 10, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. CL OT

    Does the government run anything efficiently? And we want them to run our healthcare. I don't think so. I do see areas that the government could help, like people who lost their job. But a full takeover would be disastrous.

    August 10, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. doug

    And we are supposed to believe what the white house says on this healthcare bill? Yeah, like we were supposed to believe Bobo about unemployment going over 8% if we don't pass the "stimulus" bill. Sorry white house, but you have lost ALL credibility with America! You need to let an independent panel tell us about healthcare. Oh, wait, you did. It was the CBO, and they said your plan was much more expensive than YOU said! Never mind.

    August 10, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. single mom

    Well, if all these town hall meetings are being organized, then I feel really left out! The only person who has contacted me to tell me about them was my congressman! A Democrat! And I'm a registered Republican.
    So, anyone want to analyze that?
    All these people who say it's all organized are seriously underestimating and insulting the intelligence of the average American.

    August 10, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Randolph Carter

    Is this website going to change any minds? Doubtful. People already have their minds made up either way. Not because of diligent research into facts and particulars. More because of ideological knee-jerk reaction. People hear what they want to hear. People fear what they want to fear as well. Have a nice day!

    August 10, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Would this be the "real" reality? A Pelosi reality? A Durbin reality? A union reality? A George Soros reality? An ACORN reality? An obamatron reality (the one who has already raised our taxes even though he said he hasn't and wouldn't)? A state run media reality (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS). We have already been presented a reality that we are angry because the health insurance (it has also been the AMA, the drug companies and the hospitals) have been organizing us and that we are an angry mob with swatsticas, so I am curious what the lib definitiion of reality will be.

    August 10, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Welcome to The BoBo Show

    Since they have yet to read it, how are they going to say what is true and false......This adminstration is such an utter joke, this is like a bad movie.

    August 10, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is a great idea for anyone truly seeking to dispel misinformation. The problem is that the nutcases are in your face, and plenty of them on these blogs. While I don't advocate lowering ourselves to their level at townhall meetings, I would suggest they innundate popular sites with truthful information to combat the negative attacks.

    August 10, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Brian

    The far right who was angry about Obama winning the election is just trying to find an issue where they can see some kind of success. They hated the stimulus bill and now it has saved our economy. They hated his wall street and auto industry bailouts and now our retirement accounts are safe again and American automakers are once again viable in the international market.

    Republicans are increasingly becoming the pothole in the road. Sure they're annoying, but just drive around them and everything will be fine.

    August 10, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Doug, New Jersey

    Reality check from the Obama Chicago thug White House, that's priceless.

    Go to youtube and see it yourself, Obama has stated his true goal before, and this is that he wants a single payer Canadian type system for America. What he is doing now is setting up a public option to destroy the private sector, all you have to do is listen to him and examine the facts, there is no debate here. The funny thing is that the single-payer Obama-care is what we should all have, but it is not good enough for our kings and queens in Washington. Elitism and narcisism is what we have in the White House right now, and as bad as Bush was he never was as lib as the current group of Chicago thugs.

    August 10, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Read our lips Obama, the majority of Americans oppose your plan! If you decide to ram it through anyway, it will lead to the political demise of the Democratic Party!

    August 10, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Ralph

    Bravo to this administration! Whereas the previous administration preferred to simply ignore dissension (or call dissenters terrorists), the current administration tackles it head-on. And contrary to the rumors of people being snitched on for disagreeing with health care reform, the White House is simply trying to address FICTITIOUS rumors and misinformation about heath care and provide people (those willing to listen) with FACTS concerning reform.

    Of course, this (like EVERYTHING this administration does) will be blasted by republicants.

    August 10, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. PFFT

    I looked at the site, and I re-read the sections of the bill that concern me. Guess what, all the white house website did was worry me more!

    August 10, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Good Luck to Them

    LOL. This is too funny. This health care plan that IS government run that Americans don't want is being pushed down our throats. The "Pols" just can't believe that citizens are standing up to them and saying NO. The congressional majority has now found itself in the American Minority. Democrats better fire their leaders or they will fall. It will not be pretty.

    August 10, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. B

    Great, it’s about time that they got the facts out there and put a stop to all of the Morons taking over Town Meetings. The idea of National debate was to debate or Talk to people and get information, not act like _Cock Fights_....

    August 10, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Sam Sixpack

    Wow, take a look at the website – lies, lies, lies, lies, lies.

    For example, the second myth debunked is about euthanasia. the only people talking about euthanasia are the proponents of the bill. This is a straw-man argument invented to derail the truth about denial of coverage.

    The truth is, once these LIARS get their hands on your money, you (unless you're rich) will stand in line for Mexico healthcare.

    August 10, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Mike in LR

    I posted my story, which is that I disagree with the public option in the current proposals. That's a fraud waiting to happen and provides ample opportunity for abuse of private information and control of indivdual freedom. My comments will never see the light of day but if more who disagree post a comment maybe someone will take note.

    August 10, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Vicki

    I am sick & tired of hearing how we are against this plan because we hate Obama and want him to fail. If McCain were putting up this bill, I'd still be fighting against it just as hard. This is NOT about Obama. This is about Americans not wanting the government taking over our health care!

    August 10, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. They call me "Tater Salad"

    What about Government reform? This is America, not Ameri-corp! Will you people please WAKE-UP!

    August 10, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. bozo the obama

    i see that Nancy PeLIEsi is back to calling people who oppose her as un-american..you loons deserve her.

    August 10, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Randy

    It is sad that Republicans and their "operatives" have stooped so low to destroy any kind of reform. Why do they just make things up and outright lie about things? It is funny many Republicans are clueless that Medicare is a Govt. organized health care system and compared to pricvate insurance companies has very little complaints.

    August 10, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Pete East

    The best "reality check" is to actually read the bill. It can be easily found by searching for HR 3200 on any search engine.

    August 10, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. windfall

    what a shame people are so easily fooled by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin.

    August 10, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Jake Grounde

    Only the young and foolish will now believe anything the white house has to say about health care, none of them ever having even read the proposals.

    August 10, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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