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Surprising Talk From AARP on Health Care Reform

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Yes, that was in AARP Bulletin! As was this:

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"While America's health care system is known for research and innovation, it unfortunately costs too much, wastes too much, makes too many mistakes and gives us back too little value for our money"The cost of doing nothing is unacceptable. Without reform, a family's premiums for health insurance will almost double by 2016 to over $24,000. Medicare enrollees have already seen their premiums more than double this decade, and they already spend a third of their income on out-of-pocket health costs"There has been a lot of misinformation and fear-mongering in this debate. From allegations about rationing care to wild reports of government-sponsored euthanasia, the rumors just keep getting crazier. Haven't we all had enough?...We urge you to make your voice heard. Tell Congress not to let myths get in the way of fixing health care." -- From "Health Reform: The Time to Act Is Now", A. Barry Rand, CEO & Jennie Chin Hansen, President

And this article titled "The Assault on Truth" actually sounds supportive of Obama:

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""a tsunami of rumors, myths, fear-mongering and misinformation about the proposals that surges around the internet""What we're seeing is a flood of viral content that distorts the Obama effort to reform health care," says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, who runs www.factcheck.org, a website that examines specious claims from all sides of the political spectrum. "Extremists and people who are so locked into their own ideology that they'll distort anything have been out there forever," she adds"it would be useful if as many people as possible actually understood what the proposals are about," Jamieson says. But the rise of the Internet and the decline of the mainstream press as a prime source of information, she adds, put that prospect at risk"Could the rumor-mongering affect the outcome? Recent violent interruptions at lawmakers' town hall meetings suggest it might."

That article continues with a kind FAQ section:

"Will the government take over health care so we end up with socialized medicine?

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No. Neither the president nor the congressional committees have suggested anything remotely resembling a government takeover of health care"Opponents of reform constantly use the term "government-run health care" to disparage the reform proposals, despite the popularity and success of existing government-run programs like Medicare. The tactic often works. Even some Medicare beneficiaries say they're worried about a "government takeover" of Medicare."

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A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with an MBA in 1980, John went into the banking business from 1981-1991. John went into the gymnastics business with his wife, with whom he has two children, in 1992 and grew it enough by (more...)

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