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General News    H4'ed 9/1/09

McCaughey returns to CNBC with another false health care attack

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On CNBC, serial misinformer Betsy McCaughey again advanced a falsehood about health care reform, claiming that the "legislation that's now in Congress will force everyone under age 65 to buy the same one-size-fits-all government plan" and that "Page 16" of the House bill "says you must be enrolled in a qualified plan." In fact, McCaughey's claims are false; the provision she referred to does not require anyone to give up their private individual health insurance plan.

McCaughey: Legislation will "force" everyone "to buy the same one-size-fits-all government plan"

From the August 28 edition of CNBC's The Kudlow Report:

McCAUGHEY: The legislation that's now in Congress will force everyone under age 65 to buy the same one-size-fits-all government plan.

JULIE ROGINSKY (Democratic strategist): No, it won't.

McCAUGHEY: You won't have the choice of a high-deductible plan.

ROGINSKY: How is that possible? It's an option.

McCAUGHEY: Because -- no it is not.

ROGINSKY: It's an option. It's a public option.

McCAUGHEY: On Page 16 and 17 of the House Bill 3200, you must be in a qualified plan.

ROGINSKY: Betsy --

McCAUGHEY: It will be defined by the health choices commission --

ROGINSKY: With all -- let me answer that, because with all due -- may I answer your point? With all due respect, this is much like your contention that the government is gonna tell old people to off themselves -- it's just not accurate. It's just not.

McCAUGHEY: They're not going to get the care they need with the $500 billion cut.

ROGINSKY: Actually, it's a public option. The word option means that you have an option. It's not a public mandate, it's a public option.

McCAUGHEY: I'm not talking about the public plan.

LARRY KUDLOW (host): Well let me put a cap --

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