Thursday, August 13, 2009

sifting through facts and fallacies

Boston Globe | With lawmakers home for August recess, a fierce battle has broken out over what precisely is in the mammoth healthcare bills being pushed by congressional Democrats. There has been no shortage of misinformation. Here is a look at a few of the most contentious parts of the legislation.

...Does the legislation include provisions to encourage senior citizens to commit suicide?

...Will the government start paying for abortions?

...Will illegal immigrants receive free healthcare benefits?

...Will the government ration care?

...Most controversially, the bills would fund more research into the comparative effectiveness of various drugs and medical procedures.

The legislation does not dictate that the research be used to limit coverage of any procedures. And many doctors and other healthcare specialists see this kind of research as critical to improving the quality of care...