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White House Tries to Clarify Health Reform’s Goals Through New Website

Posted Aug 27 2009 11:36pm

The White House has launched a new website, “ Health Insurance Reform Reality Check ” to explain how some of the House health care reform legislation is intended to work. iStock_000004638435Small

It’s notable that the Administration is now referring to this as “health insurance” reform.  Health care reform was just too scary.

The website addresses topics such as:

  • Your Medicare is safe, and stronger with reform
  • You can keep your own insurance
  • Reform will benefit small business, not hurt it

Of course, besides the rabid opposition of some outspoken opponents, the big challenge facing reform is how do we do it without bankrupting the country?  Like many experts, I don’t think that can happen with sacrifice from everyone, patients included.

Patients will need to be much more proactive and follow doctors’ orders.  Our bad health habits are part of what’s fueling the rising health care costs.  So, while the system definitely needs changes, we need to change too.

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