I noted 6 lies told by Dr. Jay Cuffe, neurosurgeon from Tallahassee, Florida. Can you find even more?
1. Lie: We can't cover everyone because we won't have enough doctorsTruth: There are MAJOR investments in the medical workforce in the legislation that both encourage training of primary care physicians, increase payments for primary care physicians, and increase loan forgiveness for doctors (any type of doctor) for practicing in a rural area
2. Lie: Health care reform will ration careTruth: Health reform legislation actually INCREASES patients' access to care. There will be no co-payments for preventive care services, there are subsidies for middle class Americans to purchase health insurance, and there is more regulation and transparency in the insurance market
3 Lie: Reform will hurt seniors and end MedicareTruth: Health reform legislation actually EXPANDS Medicare benefits....by closing the so called "doughnut hole" in prescription drug coverage. Plus the health reform bill proposed includes huge investments in Chronic Disease Management and Care Coordination -- which is exactly the type of care MOST needed by seniors (as half of all senior have 2 or more chronic illnesses)
4. Lie: Health reform will limit life saving measuresTruth: This is another SHAMEFUL reference to the fact that the health reform legislation will allow Medicare to reimburse physicians for time spent counseling patients about their options for end of life care --discussing things like a living will or completing an advance directive. As a neurosurgeon, I am sure Dr. Cuff that has dealt with difficult and of life cases that require thoughtful conversations with his patients and their family. This type of conversation would in NO WAY limit life saving measures.
More lies to be addressed in future posts...such as "this reform will ration care" and "delay care," and especially the lie that "we will have a system like Canada or Britain." Stay tuned!