Health Care True or False

Obama said, “We have the AARP onboard because they know this is a good deal for our seniors.” He added, “AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare.”

Tom Nelson, AARP’s chief operating officer, said, “Indications that we have endorsed any of the major healthcare reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate.” Nelson said AARP would not endorse a bill that reduces Medicare benefits.

Medicare cuts have been proposed to pay for the current bill.

Obama said there ought to be a national “conversation” over whether “sort of in the aggregate, society making those decisions to give my grandmother, or everybody else’s aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when they’re terminally ill is a sustainable model.” Such decisions, added Obama, shouldn’t be left to patients or their relatives, but to a “group” of “doctors, scientists, ethicists” who are not part of “normal political channels.” “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller,”

Obama said, Families need better information so they don’t approve “additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care.”

Rasmussen poll:

# 51 percent of respondents said when it comes to healthcare, they fear the federal government more than insurance companies.

# 48 percent of voters now rate the American healthcare system as good or excellent, while just 19 percent rate it as poor.

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