I just received another email from The White House trying to debunk the myths regarding health reform and once again Obama is way over promising the benefits to Health Care Reform found in the House version of the bill being debated. I took the quiz and my results are shown below. What bothers me the most once again is Obama is stretching the truth on what I will receive. The two areas that bother me the most are the points surrounding keeping your current plan and small business' receiving credits to offset the costs. Obama is not telling the full truth because there are NO GUARANTEES that you will keep your current plan and NO GUARANTEES that small business will receive a credit.
- Obama White House Myth #1:Reform will allow you to keep the coverage you have if you want to. As I wrote in my first post titled "Dear David Axelrod Check Your Facts Before You Spin About Keeping Your Health Insurance" it simply isn't a promise that the House Bill backs up. Your current health care can be grandfathered for 5 years provided it makes ZERO changes to terms, conditions, and payouts which is frankly unlikely. And, what happens after year 5? Your health plan must be part of the exchange otherwise you can't keep it. My question to you is - do you think the Obama administration is being less than truthful by promising you WILL be ALLOWED to KEEP you coverage?
- Obama White House Myth #2: Reform will offer tax credits and assistance to families, and to small businessesso they can offer competitive, affordable rates to their employee. As I wrote in my second post titled Dear David Axelrod I Checked Your Facts on Small Business and You're Wrong Again. While it is true there are some credits that will be made available to small businesses in the House Health Care Bill it is too convuluted and too risky to over promise these credits; in fact, I believe that these small businesses would rather take a penalty and not offer health insurance. Any employee including the owners that make $80K or more per year will be excluded for any credit plus the credits are lowered by the amount of payroll above $20K per year for the company. So, how much credit do you really think a small business will be receiving?
Anyway, it really disturbs me the length Obama will go to sell this reform on the American public. When he was elected he promised a new way of non-partisan governing. Unfortunately we are getting a classic Liberal President who will stop at nothing to shield the full truth from the public in order to sell what he thinks is the right course of action.
Don't think for a second that Obama isn't aware of the language in the bill. He knows as does the rest of the staff. They are betting that they can sell this to the uninformed public.
Don't believe me? Read the bill yourself. Here's the link.