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. William

    I am not interested in seeing the federal government (the same folks who cannot manage the post office, social security, and Amtrak for example) have control over health care. This is not the job of government. The indigent and uninsured curently get health care at emergency centers and we pay for it. With the feds involved that cost will skyrocket. Protect the homeland and create an enviornment for businesses to grow. Stay out of healthcare, period!

    August 10, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Robert

    Obama has more progaganda than Ahmadinejad.

    August 10, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. gardine

    The people who believe stuff spouted by people like Sarah Palin tend not to be literate enough to find, much less read, a website like this.

    August 10, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. alvino

    I wish the right wing nuts would stop writing about the lies that Limbaugh, Hannity, Dick Armey's lobbying army, and Palin are promoting. The only "death panels" are from Blackwater (Xe) and the Bush/Cheney administration

    August 10, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Proud Democrat

    If we keep sending our Union leg breakers into the Town Hall meetings we can control and intimidate all the elderly who oppose Obamacare. We don't need public dialogue as we have Obama & Union/Acorn muscle.

    August 10, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Pat

    I wish people here would stop labeling all Republicans as bad. The GOP is giving incorrect information, so is the Democrat party. There are too many PACs that are trying to control the outcome here. Both should really work together.

    Just because I'm a Republican, Christian and Caucasion doesn't make me an idiot, right wring fanatic or racist. But the comments here imply otherwise. Don't sterotype all people, I might actually be your next door neighbor that constantly helping you when your in need.

    August 10, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. PatC

    Evarybody needs to write and ask are the statements by Obama's key medical advisor in 1996 true or not. As an American citizen theis site is paid by my tax money not Obama's Campaign funds. It must speak for all American and answer all rumors as true or not.

    August 10, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Really

    Boy the democrats have a lot of hate. Lets see, for the last 8 years they whined about everything and "orchestrated" protests. Now they do not like it. Wha, wha

    August 10, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Go to the site. It's a series of ObamaCare commercials, but not ones that explain how this country at this time will be able to afford quality health care. Americans do not want less than quality health care and they do not want to put a permanent drag on our economy by spending more than we have. This plan only increases the cost of health care in the US. That's not the answer.

    August 10, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. JH indianapolis

    WOW, the insurance companies have hired a HUGE group of bloggers to drown out conversation about health care. This is more disterbing than I thought. Well its ether now or later. The health care companies will crash just like wallstreet if they keep up their greedy ways.

    August 10, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Since the dittoheads take their marching orders from the Fuehrer Rush and the other haters, this will not change their minds no matter what

    August 10, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. FL for Change

    If Canadians love their health care so much, why doesn't a bipartisian panel of Senators go there and study it. Learn from experience, and compile a list of pros and cons. Why reinvent the wheel? Maybe the insurance companies don't line the pockets up north...

    Oh, and they don't have Rush, Sarah, Sean, and the rest of the wackos!

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

    Pelosi, Reid, Franks, Dobbs... are these the folks you believe in??? These are the crooks who want to buy $500M of up graded jet planes for their personal use?? My God, Americans, these folks are parasites.

    August 10, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Ruty

    The majority of the people won't read it because they are so hung up on defeating Obama or so unintelligent they won't bother go get the correct information about the health care bill.

    August 10, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. G SMITH PA

    Listen to the Republicans, they know what the Democratic Party is trying to put over you. The Democratic Party is the party of hate and deceived. This Health Reform Bill MUST BE DEFEATED !!!!

    August 10, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. James

    Where was all the Republican suspicion when Bush was conducting his warantless wire-taps ???

    Your suspicion was there at teh start of the Obama presidency, since he doesn't look like you. You all will not be satisfied until he has failed and this country decends beyond where you and Bush have taken it. WAKE UP AMERICA, and start using your own minds, instead of this fear and smear being spoon fed to you.

    August 10, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Neutralizer

    PHARMA deal directly with Obambi, LA Times reported PHARMA is spending $150 million for ads supporting Obambi socialized medicine. In fact drugs would be MORE expensive because of this deal made by PHARMA with Obambi; if PHARMA is willing ro give away $80 billions, think how much profit they're making. What is expensive in this country are prescription medicine. Don't be fooled by reality check coming from the Whitehouse, even Robert Reich, a big supporter of Obambi is now against his socialized medicine because PHARMA has Obambi in their pocket including all democrats in both houses.

    August 10, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin and her "death panel" certainly validate this step by the White House.

    The woman is a dangerous lunatic.

    August 10, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. anti liberal

    those that are screaming:

    "keep government out of our healthcare"

    DO REALIZE that medicare and medicaid and the VA are government run plans. They also realize that MEDICARE IS BANKRUPT!!

    that's like taking your car that is careening over a cliff and thowing your kids and wife in with them.

    What about that do Democrats not understand???

    Pay for it and then come talk to me. And make sure the numbers are REAL, not like the numbers that started medicare that said it would cost $9 BILLION in 1991 and in acutality it was $60+ BILLION.

    I'd like to see a liberal challenge me on that point.

    August 10, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Uncle Fester

    With the Obama Healthcare plan senior citizens can forget about their free power chairs!!!

    August 10, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. mary dale

    I hope it helps but have my doubts. The fringe that are being used for these obstructions dont even realize they are being used. Most dont have much sense of what is going on in our country but they know that a black man is now in charge and it scares them. The insurance/drug lobbies are using these bigots for their health care protests. To quote one deranged woman i saw on TV at one of these town hall meetings – 'this isnt my country anymore', she looked like someone (and probably was) who is on disablility; certainly not competent to handle day to day details. I hope they stop soon, but I do believe the American people see thru these scams to stop us from getting a change in our healthcare programs.

    August 10, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Claudia in Houson

    Palin's son Trig falls under the American with Disability Act which is a separate agency of healthcare, don't be misinformed. Furthermore, Palin gets a disability check every month for Trig as well as free medical care, Palin and her family get a oil royalty check from the State of Alaska as well as checks and perks from her tenor as Governor of Alaska. Hasn't Government been good to Palin and all Americans deserve the same. Palin is not just misinforming people, she is just down right lying.

    August 10, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Jackie

    Why are the (dems) citizen's so easily accepting a bill they haven't read or know what's in it? Keep in mind, this is just the beginning...no one knows where these bill's will lead to...all our fears may very easily be a reality, if not now, but later. We all need to stay on top of this one...Just like the Iraq War, is not our duty to question what is in these bills?

    What shocks me is that never in my life have I ever heard a leadership mock and make fun of it's citizen's regardless what side you're on, organized or not...these are neighbors, mom and pop's, grandparents... At least George W. was always respectful. For that reason alone, I would never vote for a democrat and I'm bringing my friends with me.

    August 10, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Sam Sixpack

    I just checked again and the website still starts right off claiming no more rationing. "No more rationing" is still a lie.

    What's wrong with the truth?

    August 10, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. RobK

    The key to health care reform is competition. Two things to increase competition: 1) the government should remove the tax deduction for employer provided insurance and 2) remove the restriction against obtaining insurance from a company outside the state you live in.

    August 10, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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