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. Right Leaning Independent

    The public should launch a White House reality check website because they have certainly lost track of reality!! Hint to Obama, you can not spend more money than you take in!! It did not work for all the homeowners that lost their homes and will not work for the USA!!!

    August 10, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Dan

    I think its a sad state when government is trying to shove something down our throats we dont want. It should be put on a ballot and the people should decide not the government. He threw away billions on his so called stimulus take this thing out of their hands and let the public vote on it.. Congress is a big joke and the senate is even worse the nys senator wasnt even elected how does she have a right to decide what we want.

    August 10, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Rob

    Obama and Pelosi are taking this country right down the toilet. And all you libs are cheering them along every step of the way.

    Any REAL American would be ashamed to be any way positively associated with this bill, or for that matter this administration.

    August 10, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Concerned Citizen

    When a special interest group that supports Obama pays $150 million to buy off people to support a plan....that's corruption.

    We need laws in place to stop this nonsense. Special interest groups need to be banned from Washington. We need term limits to get the likes of Pelosi out of office. We need to make sure we elect people who are going to do what is right for the country....not what is right for their party.

    This is a socialist takeover of 1/6 of our economy. We lost the banks, mortgage companies, insurance companies, auto industry, energy, and now they are after the next chunk of our economy. People need to revolt...this is against all of our freedoms and it's wrong. The left-wing of the DNC has taken control of our country.

    August 10, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Sam Sixpack

    The entire "healthcare debate" is a red herring. The bill is really about which fat, greedy, rich people get to leach off of you.

    August 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Ron

    Re "All you have to do is look at the plans in Europe and Canada." That is precisely what people are doing and why they want change in the US. In Europe and Canada they have comparable or better outcomes at one third to one half the cost. And people are not bankrupted when they get a serious illness.

    August 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Wanted Posters

    Lets put photos of the CEOs of Healthcare Companies and The big Drug Makers on milk cartons for every American to see,they are the greedy ones.

    August 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Mike

    As someone who is licensed to sell health insurance, I can tell you what my commision is when I sell a health policy. 20% of the first year premium and 2% for renewals. Commission I would gladly give up if it would mean more affordable rates for everyone!

    August 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. beevee

    This should have been done long ago and would not have given GOP and its special interest groups a foothold to make a racous against health care reform. It may be a bit too late to fight them now but can't hurt.

    August 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. ran

    Good. Now all we need is for the People to take the time to read what is in it and not relay so much on the GOP lies.

    People people open you eyes and ears to the truth for it will set us all free.

    Obama and most of the Democrats are doing what is best for us and our great nation. The GOP is same old same, which we can do without.

    Change is needed now and we can. Yes we can. Say it with me: Yes We can. Yes we can.

    Thank you and have a great day.

    August 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Matt

    More lies and propaganda from Barack. I think I will reort it for spreading dis-information about healthcare. It is my patriotic duty right?

    August 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Matt

    More lies and propaganda from Barack. I think I will report it for spreading dis-information about healthcare. It is my patriotic duty right?

    August 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. charlie

    I like this idea from obama, to help inform the public. But where is the reality check website for the reality check. Of course the white house website will be slanted to help promote the health reform bills. This is a 1,000 page bill. We still need the other side of the story told in an intelligent manner.

    August 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Nini

    Why is Obama administrations is sounding like Iran's government?

    Ahmadinejad calls the protesters mobs and trash the Democrats call the American citizen at the town hall meeting Mobs!!!

    Khomeini told the Iranian people to spy on each other and let the government know if they know people that are not following Islamic law and now Obama telling people to report the people who bring out facts on Obama Care!!

    Scary, very scary.

    August 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. bess

    why do Dem's and media think only Repub's ("mad mob") are against HB3200? gotta blame somebody!

    August 10, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. U.S. Common Sense

    All I want to know is ... Who will be launching a "reality check" website on the stuff coming out of the White House and Congress? The media doesn't seem to be doing their job in covering the double-speak and some flat out contradictions made by our political leaders in power.

    August 10, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Claudia in Houson

    Remember how Dick Cheney refused to answer to the American people when questioned and the GOP said nothing. Remember it was Bush himself who said "you are either for us or against us" which meant shut up. Now the GOP spreads distortation and lies against the healthcare reform and wants Obama to explain when we have never gotten an explanation as to why our soldiers died in Iraq for a war built on lies. Don't let them go unanswered, Bush and Cheney still owe us more than the truth.

    August 10, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Hawaii gal

    Now if only the ignorant white people showing up and screaming at these town hall meeting would read this website, but then again they probably don't know how to use a computer! Time and again you see an older white man or woman saying they do not want "government run" health care, when they are on Medicare! Fine, give up your Medicare to those of us who want a comprehensive health insurance plan and go out in the private sector and TRY to find an insurance company to insure you with your pre-exisiting conditions! Then you will understand why the rest of us NEED and WANT health care reform.

    August 10, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Paula - Ill

    When one criticizes another American as stupid because we didn't vote for The One, remember that only 6 million more votes for Obama were counted than for the republican. This is not a large majority at all. And since then as Obama unveils his Marxist plans, many of those who voted for him for publicly wished they could change their votes. What he is doing to this country is strictly awful. Many democrats will be voted out of office next year because they have been supporting all this idiocy.

    August 10, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Jason

    People need to step back a bit and realize that when they chant, "Read the bill," they are essentially referring to the VERY early draft of something that only House members have drafted. There are still three committees in the Senate working on their versions which will be combined, along with the House draft to create the final draft for the President to sign. What we have available for people to read is most likely a draft that will undoubtedly change dramatically before it's signed. Hence town halls should be used to encourage desired change instead of stifling democracy. Protesting reform is akin to shooting yourself in the foot (and then ironically having to pay your ER deductible to fix it)!

    August 10, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. unshrub

    EVery ad I hear from the republicans and the right are full of lies, lies, and more lies. If they were so correct, why do they have to lie so much?

    August 10, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Rich

    See this is where the people are blind and lied to everyday by our people in office. My parents are in medicaid. Obama said nothing is being taken away yet there costs of perscriptions has been. Fact by the seniors. Social Security will be gone in 20 years because of no fundind. So invest 1 trillion in healthcare reform yet the money I paid into Social security is being wasted. There is no left or right here. This is fact. Medicare/Medicaid is not being run right nor is Social Security. Do you think they will get health care reform right. Never mind my grandfather was in medicaid and they siezed all his assests. This is a fact.

    August 10, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Shawn - GA

    I am glad to see this, I think there is far too much crazy notions out there.

    I am curious and hopeful however... does this site address the scary things that ARE in the bill?

    August 10, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. ran

    How can so many people be so ill informed or so gullible.

    The GOP is doing nothing to help with the Health Care issue. All they can do is lie/obstruct/scare people( death panel).

    Think people: if you have to pay for insurance and your premiums are going to a non-profit verses a profit system; how much more money would go toward your health care if you were not paying multimillion $ salaries/bonuses to executives or dividends to shareholders or for insurance companies private jets.

    There really is a simple solution: single payer non-profit. You got to pay so why not have you money go toward health care not profits.

    August 10, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Stuffit

    Why does this "reform" leave Medicare and Medicaid intact? If it is a comprehensive reform bill, shouldn't those programs be lumped in?

    August 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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