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. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Great idea by the WH to setup a website that anyone with a computer can go to to fully comprehend what is real vs. what the GOP and their like would like you to believe is real. I think also that most people think the the President is the one who is going to write the Health Care bill. Nothing could be further from the truth people, he's not a legislator! The folks in congress are the ones who will br writing the bill! Since this is such a debate I challenge every peoson of this country to get on there and read, read, read!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. jp,michigan

    If their health care plan is so good , tell me if the President, vice president and member of congress 9 house and senate) will have the same health care ? If not , why not?

    August 10, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Loup Garou 782

    Why does the White House not just go ahead and post the entire 1000 pages of the health care bill on line and let us read what it is they are trying to jam down our throats. Why would anyone be opposed to giving us a chance to see the actual language.

    August 10, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Reformed Republican

    MEMO to WHITE HOUSE...

    The brown shirt thugs that are causing the shoutdowns and spreading the outrageous lies know that the people they are scaring DON'T GO TO THESE BLOG SITES!

    If they did they would know the facts better and run the CAT hat and bib overall wearing lobbiest paid birthers out of the town hall meetings.

    A more effective play would be to run TV ads telling the head-in-the-sand, Christmas loving, "jeezuz leves me" crowd that they won't lose their insurance and it's the tea bag nut jobs that are lying to them...

    PS: Did yopu ever notice that the brown shirt loudmouths spreading the lies are almost always old geezers on SS and Medicare who don't have any skin in the game?

    August 10, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Dale

    Town hall "Healthcare" Here it is > Many people didn't like either candidate for Pres. And being a little naive they thought I just won't vote. In their minds they thought Oh well, how bad could it get? We have other officials that keep presidents in check so it won't go to far.

    Now they know they have no support from their SO CALLED elected officials. SO now their voicing their opionions LOUDLY because when they talk normal and act diplomatic they are being run over.

    So Washington..... Get used to it because it's going to get a lot louder and a lot more forceful. This presindent has lied about everything and SOON he'll be raising taxes on EVERYBODY. Some transparency he don't even want you to be able to voice your opinions and the BIGGER than god dem's in the Whithouse cannot handle their people talking back to them. See ya in 2010 dems

    August 10, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. GI Joe

    I was approached by a Republican politician who gave me their weekly talking points, and a diatribe on how to disrupt these meetings.

    I'm an independent, and I can guarantee I will campaign AGAINST the R that is spreading Limbaugh and Palin Lies.

    August 10, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. JJ in NY

    So I guess a direct quote from Obama on the campaign trail is considered a "WILD RUMOR" !

    August 10, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Independent

    LOL, nothing new! Right wing and Left wing extremists will go down with their own oppions! they are shouting until NO ONE wants to listen to BOTH of them!

    August 10, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. barry in las vegas

    What Obama and the Democrats continue to do is hide from the language contained in the House bill. Their problem is what they put in the bill like goverment paid abortions. They also fail to understand that people want health care reform, not government takeover.

    Obama can say 1000 times that you can keep your doctor and insurance, but that is not what the bill says.

    Facts are a stuborn thing.

    August 10, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. BC-Canada

    I am Canadian, and I love my health Care program.
    If I got laid off, I can apply for a temporary assistance and pay only $ 10 a month to maintain my coverage.
    I don't understand, why is so difficult for Americans to have an affordable health care coverage
    It's beyond believe to read that 45 millions American have no healthcare.

    August 10, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Moody

    Oh no please dont state the facts about the healthcare bill. How will the Republican idiots respond to facts?

    August 10, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Kris

    I can't believe what I have read – death panels? Calling our President BoBo? Are people really this gullible? We should be having civilized conversations about these very important issues that affect all Americans. Stop listening to the far side of either party. Read reliable sites for yourself and then decide where you stand. If you are against healthcare reform simply because you don't like our President, then you are in the worst category of dissent and you are ruining the Country for the rest of us.

    August 10, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. JJ in NY

    Doesn't the use of the phrase 'Reality Checks' constitute copyright infringement on "THE O'REILLY FATOR" ?

    This phony website the WH is perpetrating really should be called the "SPIN ZONE" !

    August 10, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Randolph Carter

    Ask yourselves this: Why are the republicans so frightened of healthcare reform? Have a nice day!

    August 10, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. anti liberal

    yes I received an email from David Axelrod on this matter.

    In reference to his statement that healthcare is rationed already in the US, I asked him the administration's position when 50 million Americans (legal or otherwise) are dumped on US doctors that it already takes up to weeks in some parts to get an appointment where will we all be then??

    Maybe they need to not just gloss over the fact that we have a doctor shortage in this country and actually do something about it.

    I just can't wait for the response.

    August 10, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. PatC

    This is really getting scary. With the rat on your neighbor program. Something tells me that a couple of Governments did such things in Europe in the 30s. This is a slippery slope we do not want to go down.

    August 10, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. twitwits are the new nitwits

    President Obama is doing a great job,and will be victorous in this battle,just as we were in the battle of Gettysburg,when we stomped the redneck losers.

    August 10, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Obama 08/12

    Face it, people aren't going to read this. They're simply not smart enough. If they believe the lies floating around, that pretty much sums up their level of "intelligence".

    August 10, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Jack

    This web site does not answer one very important question, which is: why have all the legislators voted several times against forcing themselves or their own family into this public plan that they are forcing on the rest of us?
    Howard Dean avoided answering this question on Sunday and it is a valid question. Can those of you that support this public plan answer this question? Doesn't this bother you at all that the President, his family, congress and the senate and their families will not have the same health plan that is supposedly good enough for you and the rest of Americans?

    August 10, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Big Al

    The facts are that Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke, and Medicaid is broke.

    Who in their right mind would believe that the government has the capability to run a public option health care system???????

    August 10, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. JG

    It's GOP manifesto to make sure that this administration is going to fail by misinformations and scare tactics (FUD). As public citizens it is our duty to know all the facts by reading and understanding all the facts ourselves and not just skimming or listening what others are telling us what Obama's administration health care is going to do.

    Kudos to the administration for thinking "of us" instead of "for us". The news media should investigate how much money are spent by the health care lobbyist to battle this plan be it in the spreading the disinformation or *gasp* going to the pocket of senators and representatives (not that I'm accusing any of them corruptable)

    August 10, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. kishen c.rao

    pres. obama needs to pass this health care reform bill....lot of lobbying is taking place by these hospitals, insurance groups, pharmacy companies, and even doctors...ignore all these nasty guys...pass health care reform.....GOP is hiring all hooligans to protest....nasty party...making all kind of drama...go for health care reform...people are suffering...ok

    August 10, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Kate in SW Fla

    It is so absurd. After a generation of being called lefty do-gooders, bleeding heart tree huggers, willing to "tax and spend" to take care of the poor and th elderly, to fight for civil rights, education for the disabled and all the other social programs to help the disadvantaged, to dare to turn around now and accuse democrats of wanting to exterminate special needs children with some crackpot claim of "death panels" and to also claim democrans now want to euthanize the elderly, is absolutely the height of hypocrisy. It is absurd, it is irresponsible, it is dishonest, as stupid, mean-spirited and lunatic as claiming the President isn't even a CITIZEN. These Republicans have finally and completely lost their moral bearing.

    August 10, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Lotta Muni

    Here's your 'reality check': I just tried to access this website and it timed out before my browser could load the page. Very poor planning in terms of webhosting! If that's the type of service we can expect from a government run health plan, I want no part of it.

    August 10, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Sam Sixpack

    The website starts right off claiming there will be no more rationing.

    Why can't this LIE be called what it is? ITS A LIE!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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