Correcting claims of health care ad

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By Adele E. Zimmerman

I just saw a television ad sponsored by the U.S. Citizens Association about health care reform. I am all for airing a particular point of view, but I strongly oppose outright misrepresentations. The entire ad focuses on socialized medicine. Under socialized medicine, the government owns health care facilities and employs all health care professionals. There is no insurance. There is just health care for little or no payment. It is tax supported.

Misrepresentation No. 1: “President Obama and the Democrats are preparing to impose socialized medicine on you.” No one in the Executive or Legislative branches of government is proposing socialized medicine. What has been proposed is that the government operates a health insurance program, for which people will pay according to their means. It will be an alternative to insurance provided by private, for-profit companies. This will cover more than 40 million Americans currently without insurance. It will also provide healthy competition to companies currently enjoying and taking advantage of, a monopoly on health insurance.

Misrepresentation No. 2: “Government can tax and print money, which will eliminate private health care and impose socialized medicine.” There is no logical connection between printing money and socialized medicine. And no one is proposing socialized medicine.

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