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. keith A. sillsbury

    I keep hearing these old right wing nuts saying they don't want government healthcare so ya know although I'm for this healthcare reform I say, OK we'll give in and do it your way. So NO MORE MEDICARE and NO MORE MEDICAID. Their both government healthcare and cost about 3.2 trillion in ten years (EACH). Thats 3X that of the new plan or 6X combined more that the new plan. Now how do ya like it.

    August 10, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. veronica

    You are doing great President Obama!!!!!!!! You make me proud!

    August 10, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Ronald Schwartz

    Obamas health plan is bad for seniors,bad, bad. cost way to much and not enough dr"s to support it, It's loser,

    August 10, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. marty

    This is the most dishonest white house in history. obama reminds me of hitler, stalin, and lenin. He uses the internet to spread disinformation.He wants to turn this country upside down and radically change it. The average citizen is so uninformed it is scary.
    If it is such a great plan how come obama and his congress wont be on the same plan? all poles show that most citizens dont want this.
    What happened to the congress being our represenitives?

    WHAT HAPPENED TO MY COUNTRY?

    August 10, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. dominican mama 4 Obama

    The GOP has sunk to an all-time low with their latest scare tactics vis-a-vis healthcare reform, in proclaiming that the POTUS is out to euthanize or maim his citizens. I am however encouraged to learn that the GOP numbers continue to shrink with each and everyday, to the point where their lunatic, and embarrassing message is taken less and less seriously everyday.

    August 10, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. A conservative organization ???

    FreedomWorks, an industry-backed right-wing group led by former GOP congressman Dick Armey, has been heavily engaged in organizing conservatives to ambush Democratic members of Congress supporting health care reform at town halls across the country during the August recess. Its “astroturf” campaign is designed to present the appearance of wide-spread public discontent with health care reform, but the reality is that the town halls have become forums for disruption, extremism and even violence.

    August 10, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Outcast

    If we have such a great health(sick)care system, then why isn't any other country trying to copy our system?

    August 10, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Johnny A

    Why is it that we can go to Iraq in a miss lead war with troops getting 4,000+ killed and 10's of thousand wounded and have it cost 1 Trillion dollars and we call that patriotism. But if we try to spend a Trillion dollars on health care for americans it's called Socialism.

    August 10, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Steve in Kentucky

    Obama's going to have to do this a and a whole lot more.

    Otherwise, health care reform is going down the tubes because of lobbyist-organized moronic mobs who would believe in Santa Claus if Boss Limbaugh, and the people at Faux News, told them he were real.

    August 10, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. charles stansberry

    We don't need to burn down the house just because the kitchen needs remodeling. Lets fix what we have in place. If they want to cover the uninsured just stop the fraud in the current medicare and medicade system. That should provide more than enough to do it. Lets fix what is broken not break what is still the best medical care in the world. tater58 over and out

    August 10, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Donna from Colorado Springs

    The White House is doing something smart by launching a web page. They have to get the true message out there to people about the healthcare reform bill. Right-wing talk radio nut jobs have tried to take over the country and lie about every paragraph in the bill! The "paid to show up and disrupt" people have caused so many problems with the lies they have spread, that the White House had no choice. By flat out lying to senior citizens and scaring them to death, they have proved how evil and vile the Republican party really is. They should be ashamed of their behavior, but they don't have the conscience or the brains to figure out that they're onl;y hurting the country with their slander. I really thought that people were smarter than to believe anything that the Republicans sell. Don't you remember all the lies they tried to sell to us last year during the campaign? I guess people didn't learn any lessons.

    August 10, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Vets4Obama

    The site is very informative. Finally the answers we wanted rather then the rhetoric and propoganda from the loudmouths at the meetings. I appreciate the information.

    We have been needing and discussing health care reform for FIFTY years now. The insurance companies have consistently bought the uneducateds tirade talents. This is not 'RUSHED'...after FIFTY YEARS it's LONG OVER DUE.

    Lets do it and do it NOW!

    August 10, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. bradah Walt

    doctor are billing service not being perform. using code that we as consumer dont understand util you ask question. we or insurance get billed for this. issurance are not catching these mistake. we suffer. we need more controor stiffer law. thes are greedy people that make it hurt for everyone

    August 10, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Sam Sixpack

    Check out the website for yourself! The same folks who say anybody who disagrees with them is a GOP zombie are trying to shove shameless propaganda down our throats!

    Your leaders think you are idiots to be manipulated for their idle pleasure.

    August 10, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Tony

    This plan is full of BAD ISSUES.

    I doubt that 20% of Congress has read the bill themself.

    This is a shame and ALL Dems or Repubs should ask their representative to atleast read the bill.

    August 10, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Some republican guy

    If you want healthcare in this country you should pay for it yourself. If you can't afford it get a job you lazy welfare queens! This country has gone to heck in a handbasket ever since that Saddam Hoosain guy blew up the world trade center. Now we're all going to be communists. They want to teach my grandbabies that we came from monkeys! Monkeys!!! Gay people will be able to get married and vote and everything. ACORN and the narcisstic obamabots will give all our jobs to illegal aliens. They're going to spend my grandbabies future on wasteful porkulusses like healthcare and education and interstructure!!! They're going to take away my assault rifles! Wise up people, soon us God fearing folks will be the minority, then they'll start rounding us up and putting us in the reeducation camps. Have a nice day!!!

    August 10, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. anti liberal

    at some point obama needed to get big money on his side to push this because his grass-roots efforts and everyone's $20 check wasn't enough.

    Now he's bought the pharmecutical lobby.

    I'd LOVE to know how much they're getting back to get this done.

    Do people realize there is no transparency in prescription costs. I know an industry insider who is laughing about all of this. The pharmecutical industry raised rates (in anticipation of reform) 6 months ago and now they're pledging 80 billion in savings and the net result is about $0.

    August 10, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. RRR

    Now will Palin say that Obama's website is "evil"?? The website of death?? Talk about misinformation, innuendo and lies.

    August 10, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. ladysable

    The truth is in the bill – all that one must do is read it!

    August 10, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. An insurance executive

    It's so funny that the republicans are doing my dirty work. Suckers! Have a nice day!

    August 10, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Bob in Pa

    They can say "It doesn’t say that in the legislation" a thousand times and be 100% correct each time. It's when you read between the lines and what it explicitly doesn't say that it gets scary.

    August 10, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Dave

    no.. the Democrats are not against protests – they're against attacks that are purely disruptive and not useful to the debate process.

    Also.. the only defense you all seem to have is that the videos don't show how we will pay for it?.. You people that are anti health care just bounce from one talking point to the other – if the euthanasia bull is debunked.. then you move to the price tag point. These reforms will reduce costs – and also reduce insurance prices. Enough with the fear mongering and paranoia.. it's understandable that people are scared of change.. people are scared of the unknown – but all of these measures will only benefit America.. read the bill. work off of facts. Be intelligent about this and no one will accuse you of misinformation. On the other hand – if you continue promoting nothing but unsubstantiated bogus claims and outright lies – how do you expect anyone to value your opinions – or your 'protests'. Wake up America... we need health reform and we can't allow this foolishness to disrupt the process.

    August 10, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Pro-Obama

    I support President Obama but before I say yes or no, I NEED more facts. I find it fun that some people are saying yes to health care reform and others are saying no to health care reform without having the facts. I asked a pharmacist to explain the bill and she could not. I have a friend who is a cardiologist who just said no without explanation. People please before we say yes or no lets get the facts.

    President Obama I support you please put the critics and those who would like to see you fail in their place by doing what you do best, HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT HEALTH CARE REFORM AND GIVE DETAILS.

    August 10, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. LambChowder

    It's amazing how people think the government, which will have a mandate to approve treatment and prescription in most cases-not to mention have much more in the way of resources, is somehow going to be less willing than private insurers (oh they're not beauracrats oh no sir) who instruct claims adjusters to weasel out of honoring their end of the contract whenever they can devise any sort of excuse for doing so. Face it, the free market sucks at healthcare coverage.

    August 10, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Oleg

    Let’s check the numbers.
    Current Health Insurance industry revenues about $1.5T a year to support 90% of population. Please take a note...$1.5T A YEAR. Government wants to implement single payer system with $1T...$1.5T...and not $1.8T in 10 years. Numbers do not match. Government option will cost taxpayers 1.5-2T a year, which will make 10 year span to $15-20T. Government will be bankrupt in 2 years. As simple as that.
    I understand that HC needs reform. But reform and not taking it over. You do not change the car because you have oil leak. You fix oil leak.
    Why not to restrict Insurance industries to have pre-existing cond., cap insurance premiums? Why not for government open 1000 free clinics around the nation with doctors as grads from Medical Schools. There are so many options, and none of them are in this bill.

    August 10, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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