Top 10 health care reform myths

10 myths of health care reform
10 myths of health care reform

All you need to do is turn on the television and you'll hear scare tactics trying to convince you about how bad health care reform is for you as a U.S. citizen. In this article I debunk 10 of the most common myths we hear about health care reform. You can find out more about what the bill will do for you by reading this article.

Myth 1: Your health care will be rationed when the bill becomes law.

Your health care already is being rationed by the health insurance companies every day. Many days all you need to do is pick up a newspaper to find another story about a family battling an insurance company to get coverage for a treatment that was denied, or a story about a family kicked out of an insurance policy because someone in the family got sick. Those are actually the strategies used regularly by insurance companies to reduce their costs and increase profits. In fact, Wendell Potter, a former senior executive at CIGNA health insurance company, gave details about how the industry rations coverage on June 24, 2009, before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He testified that "insurers routinely dump policyholders who are less profitable or who get sick" and "also dump small businesses whose employees' medical claims exceed what insurance underwriters expected."

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