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. NOT Randolph Carter

    Randolph I am a Democrat from MA who voted for Obama I am afraid of Obama's health care plans. Why - after talking with my prmary care physician and 4 other family doctors, I realized that Obama's plan will cause too much of a strain on too much red tape and doctors like mine will no longer be able to practice medicine the way they want

    You have the wrong question Randolph You should be asking why 98 of all doctors are a aginst this plan - and it is NOT about money it is about be able to prctice medicine at the highest level

    There are many reforms needed to our health care system – on the preventative as well as the delivery side. But Obama's plan does noting to address these issues all he is doing is redistributing wealth and placing an inteneable burden on a system which will casue the 90% of americans enjoying their health care to suffer

    August 10, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. bess

    is it irony or fear? less than a month ago the Democrat's were cheering that the Republican party was in shambles, leaderless and completely disorganized. NOW, they claim Repub's are "orchestrating" the Obamacare protests.

    Why is it so hard to understand that many American's don't want what is being shoved down their throats. And Why the urgency to get it passed? Because in its current form it stinks. Yes, I've read it. No, it wasn't an easy read.

    August 10, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Bob

    Why is it that Democrats need to call others names when trying to get their point across? When a discussion disintegrates into childish name calling and hateful rhetoric, the argument has been lost. This is a big issue folks. Lets be adults about it and listen to all sides, not just the one that we are passionate about. Good idea huh?

    August 10, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Mich

    I don't understand I thought congress was writing this plan? If I had any question to ask wouldn't be towards a congressmen? Or has it been long enough for congressmen to read the bill, or the white house? Or are they going to take the time to read it?

    I will keep trying my congressmen.

    August 10, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    People are acting crazy about the rough draft of the bill. It has to go through the house to the senate before it becomes law. There will be many revision made to the bill before it hits the books. But just face it folks, you will have health care.

    August 10, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. MCD, SF, CA

    People who still don't get it: CONGRESS has gov-run health insurance!! Have you EVER heard them complain about their health care system:????? have you EVER heard a Republican politician suggest that they need to change the health insurance for Congress?!?!

    No, never! This should tell you something.... think about it!

    August 10, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    Unless the bill has been actually read (word for word), these reality check web sites means nothing! Secondly WITHOUR PROOF, the libs are blaming the GOP for disupting these townhalls. So, I have decided to blame ACORN and union posers for the disruptions. According to the standards set by the liberals, no proof is required!

    August 10, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    Go to whitehouse.gov/realitycheck and see for yourself. It contains numerous flat-out lies.

    What's wrong with the truth???????

    August 10, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. J

    Have to do something to counter the Corporate GOP LIE MACHINE

    August 10, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Turn Texas Blue

    What does it tell you when one out of four people in Texas dont have any healthcare and that same one out of four are against it?I call it the most uneducated State in the Nation.

    August 10, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Todd

    It's amazing how gullible conservatives are to believe in such blatant Republican memo scare tactics.

    August 10, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Blembergmd

    Since I believe this plan to be misleading and patently false in some of its assumptions, am I going to be reported to the White House and be sanctioned as a practicing physician? If Bush did this,the media and Democrats would have been all over him with congressional investigations This is disgusting.

    August 10, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Waylon

    I have a hard time believing that people would rather have an insurance company who's main goal is profit look after our health care over government officialls we elect. Why even have a democracy if you dont trust the person you voted for.

    Look at it this way. The government in a single payer system would be looking after their constituents health care (seems logical). Why are some people so in love with their insurance agent? Please post a link of your insurance company that you love so much so I can get some of it. My insurance company is rude and only cares about my payment

    August 10, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. bozo the obama

    one part of the health 'change' is that medical schools are under a quota system for minorities, qualified or not...good luck with the doctor the government chooses for you.

    August 10, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. The black spider

    Why is that the registred Republicans never give up their medicaid and medicare since this is a pure government run program.
    It's horrible, broken, running out of money, but they love it because they don't have to pay a penny out of pocket because the gov will take care of the bill.
    But when it comes to cover us being discriminated by the insurance because of preexisting conditions, or outreagous deductibles and high cost they do not care about us. Selfishness at it's best.
    I said SINGLE PAYER NOW

    August 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Real GI JOE

    What makes these facts real? Some of Obama's men and women reading from a script. I am not saying that these are or aren't true, but i am willing to BET everything that there is more fine print that screws EVERYONE! For example, we can keep our own coverage, but at what cost? Reform, YES please YES, government takeover, NO please NO! It did wonders to our Social Security! And Yes, CLINTON was part of this problem too Democrats!

    August 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. alvino

    It is unbelievable that the right wing nuts will accept as true what the self serving health care lobbyists feed them, but will not consider any other point of view or dialogue. It seems that if its a lie about Obama, then its all right with these sickos.

    August 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. MJ

    I agree. Post the proposed bill on-line so that we can read it in its entirety! Isn't this the "transparency" promised? Would anyone sign a contract without first reading it? This is what Government wants us to do. It's the "Just Trust Me" that really makes my skin crawl. Let us read the bill!!!!!

    August 10, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Kate in SW Fla

    These right wing radio nuts have spread their garbage and lies, that is true. But they have also found a very willing audience, who WANT to believe this nonsense. A bunch of "birthers" who won't even believe the Republican governor of Hawaii regarding a simple thing like a birth certificate. Again, we have been do-gooder bleeding hearts tree huggers for years. Now, because these Republicans realize that most educated and younger people really don't think that is such a bad thing, all of a sudden they want to whip up their mostly old, almost exclusively white base, saying Democrats want to murder kids and the elderly. It is preposterous. Tax and spend liberals, mayby, murdering kids and old folks, NOT!!!! Idiots.

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

    The first thing the website says rationing of services will stop!

    Have you ever been to a Social Security office?

    August 10, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. D

    I just hope people understand many of the people 'protesting' change are being forced to. I have friends that work for a Major insurance company, and have shown me the 'meeting notes' where their top managers basically told them if they didn't oppose Obama's plan they wouldn't have a job.

    August 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Uncle Fester

    Politicians don't want the healthcare that they are forcing down our throats. So what does that tell you? Enough said!!!!

    August 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Just let whichever party you like best do your thinking for you. Don't do anything like actually reading the plan and applying critical thinking to it. Just mouth what you've heard as fact.

    August 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. David

    Idiots on both sounds, take a moment and listen to yourself! If government involvement is so bad, then get rid of Medicare, which is government run, the old don't need it, let them fend for there selves like everyone else has too.

    August 10, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Kevin B

    Ever wonder why the cost of health care and health care reform is only addressed by democratic administrations............

    Decause democrats understand the real ramifications of doing nothing on the long term health of the nation literally and fiscally.

    Do not let the GOP wingnut reactionaries and insurance company shills us fear, outright lies to intimidate the citizenry from doing what is clearly in the nations best interest.

    Do not make decisions based on fear and lies.....

    August 10, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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