The president seeks to stop the circulation of myths regarding health care reform.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – President Barack Obama is asking for a change in the way critics of health care reform are debating the issue. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the president called for an “honest debate” in his weekly address, citing the numerous false claims recently made about his health care plan.
Obama is quoted by the AP as stating, “This is an issue of vital concern to every American, and I’m glad that so many are engaged… But it also should be an honest debate, not one dominated by willful misrepresentations and outright distortions, spread by the very folks who would benefit the most by keeping things exactly as they are.”
Obama further clarified some of the misrepresentations about his plan stating, “As every credible person who has looked into it has said, there are no so-called death panels — an offensive notion to me and to the American people… This is one idea among many to provide more competition and choice, especially in the many places around the country where just one insurer thoroughly dominates the marketplace. Let me repeat: It would be just an option; those who prefer their private insurer would be under no obligation to shift to a public plan.”
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