The Truth About Health Care Insurance Reform
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The Truth About Health Care Insurance Reform

Hi, I’m Linda Douglass, I’m the communications director
for the White House Office of Health Reform. And one of my jobs is to keep
track of all the disinformation that’s out there about
health insurance reform. And there are a lot of very
deceiving headlines out there right now, such as this one,
take a look at this one. This one says, “Uncovered
video, Obama explains how his healthcare plan will
eliminate private insurance.” Well, nothing could be
father from the truth. You know, the people who always
try to scare people whenever you try to bring them health
insurance reform are at it again, and they are taking
sentences and phrases out of context and cobbling them
together to leave a very false impression. The truth is that the President
has been talking to the American people a lot about health
insurance reform and what is at stake for them, so what happens
is that because he’s talking to the American people so much,
there are people out there with a computer and a lot of free
time and they take a phrase here and there, they simply cherry
pick and put it together and make it sound like he’s saying
something that he didn’t really say. Now, for example, here is a clip
that they probably won’t show you. THE PRESIDENT:
Here is a guarantee that I’ve made. If you have insurance
that you like, then you will be able
to keep that insurance. If you’ve got a
doctor that you like, you will be able to
keep your doctor. Nobody is trying to change
what works in the system. We are trying to change what
doesn’t work in the system. LINDA DOUGLASS:
And here’s another one. THE PRESIDENT:
The public plan I think is an important tool to discipline
insurance companies. What we’ve said is,
under our proposal, let’s have a system the same
way that federal employees do, the same way that members of
Congress do where we call it an exchange, but you can
call it the marketplace, where essentially you’ve got a
whole bunch of different plans. If you like your plan,
and you like your doctor, you won’t have to do a
thing, you keep your plan, you keep your doctor. If your employer is providing
you good health insurance, terrific, we’re not
going to mess with it. LINDA DOUGLASS:
During the August Congressional recess, the members of Congress are
going to be back with a health insurance reform
debate matters most, and that is in neighborhoods and
communities where people are struggling with high
healthcare costs, where people are facing unfair
insurance regulations that deny them the healthcare
that they need, where people are really seeking
some kind of stability and security that will let them
know that there will always be healthcare available
for their families. The country has been waiting for
decades for action and we are not going to let
them down this time. So it’s very important
for you to have the facts. The clip that you just saw is
available on, as are many of the president’s
statements and speeches. You should take a look at that,
see what the President is really saying about health insurance
reform and how it affects your life. Thanks very much for joining me.

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