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, 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. Mark

    I love that the main theme of Democrat's comments is finding new ways to morph the term "Republican" and that there is nothing meaningful coming out of this.

    Again, as many others have said, comments about how the Town Hall Meeting interruptions are treasonous are absolutely ludicrous. Can we all think back to and all of the other Democrat-backed organizations/initiatves that were centered on making noise and "being treasonous to democracy"?

    August 10, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. The challenge to Mr. Anti liberals point...........

    The numbers that don't add up for Medicare weren't the result of medicare itself or it's designers. It's been the result of many factors. First and foremost, the 1983 bill written by Ronald Reagan for DRG's (trying reading about it) began misappropriating funding for reimbursing quick fix treatments during emrgencies instead preventative treatments in support of overall lower costs. Next, many politicians over the years have raided the Medicare coffers to assist in providing tax cuts for the rich.

    August 10, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. polly

    Obama and his administration were just trying to even the playing field in Health Care, but with all the hateful selfish people screaming at our representatives trying to get us affordable health insurance I now believe we should let the Repubs have their way, no more talk on affordable public plan. They pay their own insurance, and so should the rest of us. No more socialized health care plans as medicaid & medicare & VA for anyone. Also, take away all workplace group plans, government plans, too, why should any business or government pay for anyone's health insurance, Then health insurance should become affordable. Everyone's out for themselves, Blue Dog democrats included, they have no spine. People only care about what happens to them "It all depends on whose ox is gored."

    August 10, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Oleg

    Or may be someone can explain this?

    ‘‘(B) The level of treatment indicated under subparagraph (A)(ii) may range from an indication for full treatment to an indication to limit some or all or specified interventions. Such indicated levels of treatment may include indications respecting, among other items—
    ‘‘(i) the intensity of medical intervention if the patient is pulse less, apneic, or has serious cardiac or pulmonary problems;
    ‘‘(ii) the individual’s desire regarding transfer to a hospital or remaining at the current care setting;
    ‘‘(iii) the use of antibiotics; and
    ‘‘(iv) the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration.’’.

    August 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. conservative

    The troubling trend is about wild spending ,massive debt and socialistic takeover of the America we used to know! The democrats are buying their power on the backs of working conservative Americans and because they bought it for four years no one can reason with them or stop them ! All to the glee of the young socialistic "Thinkers ??"on this site who don't work ,push hate and know nothing except how to use a mouse and exclaim how brilliant they are!

    August 10, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. mother and sister of a soldier

    It is a sad state that the dems are so hung up that those of us who have serious questions/objections to this agenda are sore repub loosers. Would I believe what is on this new website....NO! So far, this administration has proved it is failing the country and serving people who are only interested in their personal gain no matter the cost. Get beyond yourself and see what is truly happening here. Obama, Pelosi and Reid are a threat to the American way!
    If the Health Care plan was so good, make our government officials take it. You know they won't, it is bad medicine!

    August 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Bob in Pa

    Tell you what Mr. Obama, you get All Federal employees, the Senate and House included, on this plan with the exception of the yourself and the VP. Run with it for 3 years, then come back and we can talk some more about the rest of us.

    August 10, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Georgia

    President Obama is doing a GREAT JOB!! Please DO NOT CONCEDE the PUBLIC OPTION!!!!


    The current system is broken. Right Now the Insurance Companies are the one's with the "Death Panels" (thank you Sarah Palin!). They are the one's that spend ENORMOUS amounts of MONEY to decide whether they will cover you during a Life-or-Death situation or NOT!!!!!

    Republican's – GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!

    August 10, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Zero.

    "The Web". Is a world wide entity. Barack Obama's health-care program is a Virus, waiting to hatch..

    August 10, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. JA/TN

    i have health insurance through my employer, it paids seventy percent, i pay thirty-percent to much, citizens need lobbyist to lobby just as the unchecked insurance giants, we hired (elected) legislatures, but by the end of the day they have been bought and sold as prostitutes by corporate lobbyist, NASA isn't profit driven, why should healthcare

    August 10, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Katie

    Anyone pointing at the Canadian and European systems and screaming "THIS IS BAD!" is an uninformed, misguided moron. The US healthcare system is the worst of all those in "3rd world" countries. It's time to reform.

    August 10, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. sarahinfla

    I notice at these town halls it appears only older whites, are the only ones who state they have health coverage this seems to point to the continuing larger issue.
    Again the lie that only white are the only working people in this country and they pay the way for everyone else bull.... Come to Florida and look at the public assistance line and who's there yes we all know the stereotype (blacks and hispanics) ... But the reality is very, very different.

    August 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Donna in Ohio

    Why the rush? It needs done and done right. A bill should be out there so everyone can read it and have input. Truthfully I think it is putting the horse before the cart. Number one issue should be to get everyone working. Not just working but having jobs that support you. If you have a job you are helping our economy grow. I think there are to many issues at once. Stop and think about it. Take first things first.

    August 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Tom L

    Hmmmm. Unions/lobbyists contributed over 11MM in the first half of the year. I thought it was big insurance companies...

    August 10, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    I think left-wing misinformation and smear tactics and union strong-arming should be reported to this site.

    August 10, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. The answer to HR3200 page 58..........

    It means to make the party receiving services responsibile, such as possible, in whatever co-pay determination being made by the provider of service. In this case, your Insurance.......

    August 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Torch

    I can't stand it anymore!

    One more post about the Republicans offering some solution or something better.



    August 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Ryan, Omaha

    I have watched these "orchestrated" protests on the news. Those opposed either have no signs and or hand made ones. Those supporting health care "reform" have preprinted signs.

    Who is orchestrating, what? The DNC openly says it is...

    The emotion and anger can't be made up unless these peoples are really good actors...theres only a handful of conservative actors.

    Get a clue people. Get a clue liberals. Get a clue Dumbacrats, this is just the begining of the VOTER anger.

    August 10, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Kiana's Mom

    I really don't understand what the big problem is with these town halls. Simple solution – you can only speak with a microphone (in turn of course). Anyone speaking out of turn should be excorted out.

    This worked in school – why wouldn't it work with adults.

    August 10, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. vic nashville , Tn

    My grandma’s friend against for heath care reform the reasons

    1) She is in Government run program
    2) She doesn’t like Democratic party and our president

    She doesn’t care what is in the Bill !!!!!!!!! But she want to Oppose the bill

    God help us

    August 10, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. joe

    This is all insanity. Read a Democratic web site and get the information they want to give you. Listen to republicans and getwhat they want you to know. Neither side will tell you the truth. We have congressman and seantors saying they are no reading the 1100 pages but will vote for it any way. Have any of you people commenting even attempted to read this plan??? If you did, please expain what is in the plan for all the rest of us in the country who are not lawyers. Until someone comes out with a Plan in Enlish that everyone can understand, all this blogging is useless.

    August 10, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. john

    There will be a debate on single payer in the senate. This will show that it is the cheapest option. Any congressman or senator who is against it should withdraw from VA insurance, Medicare, medicaid, and from there government provided coverage in protest. It is good enough for them so it is good enough for us too. Stop paying attention to the organized disruption (proven fact) and have a real debate. If we have a real CIVIL debate then the righ will lose and that is why they scream.

    August 10, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. catmom

    So rather than listening or reading about what the President has to say about health care reform it sounds as if some of you would rather listen to what the talking heads like limbaugh, Hannity and Republicans tell you he is going to do.
    It seems those of you who are complaining are complaining just because it is President Obama and a Democratic health care reform plan rather than it being about reform.

    August 10, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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