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. Phil

    I think the White House is the one in need of a "Reality Check". All they are doing is making more and more suspicious of them with their "Big Brother" tactics. Their healthcare reform bill is not what the people want. It costs way too much money and isn't really beneficial like they make it out to be. Obama is digging a deep hole. He better be careful if he plans on climbing out of it.

    August 10, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. george from alaska

    it's time to stop pansying around and start knocking the crap out of these gullible republican fruitcakes travelling around and drowning out the free speech debate over health care. i don't know about your state, but up here in alaska we stomp the crap out of unruly, obnoxious & unwanted visitors.

    August 10, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. OneWiseGuy

    The Republicans are willing to say or do anything to kill any health care reform. The ad's from conservative and health care groups are simply full of lies. If you hate Obama for any reason you probably believe anything they tell you but it seems to me that if you have a brain in your head you could see through all that garbage. This debate is very easy. Are you filthy rich and getting richer from the current system or are you the one they are getting rich off of.

    August 10, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Abel

    It would be helpful to have some clear information from the White House. Obama's various and conflicting statements about his reported plan for healthcare makes all this propoganda they sell even more dubious. Maybe if there was some honesty in his statements the vast majority of Americans might trust him. Otherwise this is just another partisan battle for the man that was to bring UNITY.

    August 10, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. addon

    These republicans are dead set on making sure we continue to get fleeced paying for healthcare. The fact that the average salary for a healthcare executive is over 10million per year. The fact the person for CPR (Rick Scott) has cheated the government out of billions of dollars. Means we need to keep the Healthcare system as it is?

    And the republicans are looking out for americans? Imagine that!

    August 10, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. a health economist

    A single payer system, if done properly, is actually a good thing. It is the best way for consumers (in this case patients) to get the best deal. All the reasons a monoply is bad for consumers and good for the producer have analogus reasons for a single payer (monopsony) to be good for consumers and bad for producers.

    That being said, I don't think a single payer system is right at this point because too many people are completely ill-informed with the current health care situation.

    For instance, many people are screaming bloody murder about socialism. All insurance functions on properties of socialism. If you have a claim that is above and beyond your out-of-pocket maximum it is covered by the premiums of others. Also, health care is rationed everyday by health care providers and insurers. And to a certain extent that should happen because it helps prevent people from taking advantage of the system and seeking completely unnecessary treatment simply because they have insurance and are covered. If you want absolutely no restrictions on health care use, be prepared for costs to be extremely higher than they already are.

    August 10, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Drooling Liberal

    As a drooling lib, I believe anything the Great Obama tells me. I

    've even got my commemerative Obama Bib to catch my dribble when i watch one of his impromptu speeches!!

    August 10, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Gary in VA

    I finally figured it out. Obama will never be able to do anything to the satisfaction of some white americans not all. The economy is showing improvement. The stock market is up by nearly DOW 3000 points. Global relations are improving. It's still not enough. I think even if President Obama found the cure AIDS it still would be enough. I think he is doing a great job. I would like to see him be tougher with the republicans. I am not complaining though, I know there is a method to his madness. He is a smart man. I trust him to do the right thing by all people.

    August 10, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Tony

    Remember to report and "fishy" information you hear about Obamacare to the Thought Police!

    August 10, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Va 4 Obama

    Great news – this is clearly needed – as it appears there are some pretty dumb or just downright gullible people out there who will believe anything the Republicans and Sarah Palin seem to say !! IDIOTS !!!!

    August 10, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Those that are threatening " the political demise of the Democratic Pary" I have one question: how can someone who is DEAD pose a threat to someone who is alive and wel and THRIVING??? LMAO!

    August 10, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Grahame

    Of course the Republicans are orchestrating these disruptions at townhall meetings.

    HELLO!......... EVER HEARD OF 'SWIFTBOATING' YOU PEOPLE?

    It's the Carl Rove Republican shtick all over again. Don't be a sucker.
    learn to read then make a decision.

    August 10, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Bet is was programmed by someone on an H1-B visa.

    August 10, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. It's about time......from a Registered Nusre....

    This needed to be done quickly. A perfect example is the GOP neurotically explained Euthansia argument. Euthanasia is mercy killing done by any person of another. There are NO ammended parts for Euthanasia in the Democratic legislation for health care reform Bill.....PERIOD. For many years now, terminally ill patients (themselves) have had the RIGHT to certify themselves on a DNR status (DO NOT RESUSCITATE). with Health Providers This means, the patient HAS the RIGHT to refuse resuscitation efforts before hand, should they go into cardiac arrest.. This has been going on for many years now, and the Republicans have never fought a patients right to establish their own DNR status. In this Democratic Bill, there is a component wherein; a patient could possibly discuss this with a Counselor regarding the provision of Patients Rights a Patient ALREADY has to provide psychological support through this decision.
    The Refiblican's need to stop game playing. It just makes them look stupid !!!

    August 10, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Good for them (and us)! With morons like Palin blathering on about "Death Panels" the truth needs to be told.

    August 10, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Bravado in Boston

    the only thing we can hope is that calmer minds will prevail and the right choice is made.

    Otherwise, the nut cases and wackos of the last 8 years may just ruin the health care system like they did with the financial system, the banking system, our credibility worldwide, our standing at the UN, our ability to gain peace, our respect for privacy, our love of liberty,.....

    the only thing we can hope is that calmer, more educated minds prevail.

    I wonder what the average "grade level" of the American Public is? 5 th grade?

    August 10, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Steve - Ohio

    80 Billion dollar back room deal with Pharma in exchange for 150 Million in advertising.

    Sick, really sick and supporters act as if nothing is wrong.

    August 10, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. blair

    Yes lets all do a Reality Check of obama's wild rumors , nothing new here. he will continue the same scare tactics and misinformation. That is how he got in the white house and he will continue to use them. nothing new here. reminds me of a schizophrenic

    August 10, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. jp,michigan

    They've got to start over. The proposals were written FY the far left, with no input by the Republicans and too little from moderate Democrats. Go back to Washington this fall with the goal of passing a streamlined bill that attacks COST of health care and EXOANDS access, but stays away from anything that looks like a government takeover. Democrats reached to far, and now are getting their hands slapped. But that doesn't mean Congress can walk away from health care reform. Cut through the August noise and what constituents are asking is for lawmakers to get it right.

    August 10, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Scott, Tucson

    If you want govenment intrusion into your private banking finances than you would love Obamacare, it's in section 1-63. Not sure about the one where Obama wants to put a 40% tax on aspirins, because it's white and it works.

    August 10, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Ted Tartaglia

    This is a good idea especially considering the Party of No's extensive orchestrated efforts to kill any health care reform. When the minority leaders of the House and the Senate are in the forefront of spreading lies about the healthcare proposals something needs to be done to counter their disengeneous efforts.

    If the Party of No's only solution is to spread lies and disruption, how do they think they can protray themselves as anything but an irrelevant, failed party? Let's help end their death throes by throwing the rest of them out in 2010.

    August 10, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Big John

    All the right wing whackos like Sarah Pain continue to spread lies, violence and misinformation at town hall meetings....disgusting! After 20 years of Reagan, Bush 1 & 2 there's no health care proposals. They're just afraid that when the Democratic plan passes it will be another plus for the Democrats. 20 years of republicans nearly destroyed this country. Swift boating won't work this time, President Obama is on top of it.

    August 10, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Karen

    Thank God, because I've never heard so much misinformation and disingenous arguments in my life. I've never heard a more ignorant group of people yelling and screaming against their own interests. Keep goverment out of health care???? What do they think Medicare and Medicaid are, for starters?

    Seriously, the insurance lobby has certainly spent its money well ($1.4 mil a day) to recruit people who truly have no idea what they hell they're talking about... death panels? Seriously, this has devolved from absurd to utterly insane.

    I wonder how many of these people aren't insured, and how many realize that they are screwing themselves out of the chance of being insured in a competitive market. When more than 60% of bankruptcies are tied to medical costs, and the US ranks 37th in health care in the world, something is DEFINITELY wrong, and it just does not take a rocket scientist to realize it.

    August 10, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Tom in Delaware

    Obama does in the light what Nixon did in the dark and all you 'Tiger Beat' reporters can do is laugh at his jokes.

    America doesn't want this.

    America doesn't need this.

    America can not afford this.

    What part of that don't you understand?

    Try reading the Privacy Act of 1974...any corespondence coming into the White House must be compiled so that it can be audited to ensure that no one is spying on the citizens.

    And the Obama administration says that they aren't making any lists....yeah, right.

    August 10, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Larry

    We have gone from bad (Bush) to a total disaster with this administration. When the politicians won't listen to what the voters want, this country is doomed. When they create and enemies list – what is next?

    August 10, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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