Opponents Use Health Care Bill Page 58 Scare Tactics

Health care bill page 58 spawns crop of lies

lyingOK, people this is getting a little old. What am I talking about? The ridiculous, flat-out lies surrounding the health care bill, HR 3200. Now in question is health care bill page 58.

People are saying that health care bill page 58 mandates that everyone will be issued a national ID health card. First of all, that is not true. It just isn’t. And let me just emphasize something here: Anytime you hear that the health care bill mandates anything, it is probably not true.

Root of the health care bill page 58 problem

One scare tactic that opponents of the health care bill are using is emphasizing the parts of the bill that involve the government having access to your health care records. However, the government has had access to your health care records since 2001. Remember a little document called the Patriot Act? That gave the government access to all kinds of personal information. Bank statements, medical records — government officials could look at records of your instant payday loans if they were so inclined.

But that happened a long time ago. The HR 3200,  including health care bill page 58, doesn’t grant any new access that the government doesn’t already have. It does not mandate that everyone get a national ID health card.

Prove it? OK

So I can’t show you exactly where it says “this does not mandate a national ID health card,” because it doesn’t say that. Why would a bill that’s already hundreds of pages bother explaining what it isn’t saying? So, all I can do is tell you what it does say. Ready 2 Beat does a great job of explaining:

In the context of a discussion of administrative standards, mentions that “determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service and, to the extent possible, prior to service, including whether the individual is eligible for a specific service with a specific physician at a specific facility…may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card.” In no way does the bill state that such a card would be national, or that it would be issued to every person, or that it would, in fact, be used at all.

OK? So health care bill page 58 doesn’t mandate, issue or otherwise force anything upon you. It’s saying that if you sign up for the government health plan, you’ll get a health insurance card. You know, those things that insurance companies have always used? Can you step away from the righteous indignation now? Seriously, I don’t know where people get this stuff sometimes.

More ridiculous claims

So, this totally insane scare tactic that members of a certain political party were tossing around just to get people riled up has nothing to do with health care bill page 58. But for some reason I just cannot write about the health care bill without mentioning it because it is just so absurd. I might delve into a bit of a tangent, so I’ll just share this recounting of the facts from Entertainment PK at http://www.entertainmentpk.com/health-care-bill-page-58page-58-health-care-bill.html:

At a tele-town hall meeting with members of the senior advocacy group AARP last month, President Obama could not help but describe one question he received as “kind of morbid.”

“I have been told there is a clause in (the health care bill) that everyone that’s Medicare age will be visited and told to decide how they wish to die,” said a caller named Mary from North Carolina. “This bothers me greatly, and I’d like for you to promise me that this is not in this bill.”

There is nothing in any health care reform bill before Congress that would require people to “decide how they wish to die.” Conservative talking points from activists and legislators, however, would suggest otherwise.

I ask again, where do people come up with this stuff? Please, don’t believe ludicrous claims about health care bill page 58 or any other part of HR 3200. If you hear something that sounds crazy or heinous, it is probably a lie. There are so many crazy, heinous lies going around right now that I can say that with confidence. To check out some of the other myths and lies about HR 3200, read my previous article.