‘The government is taking over health care’ and other myths about Obamacare debunked


    The Affordable Care Act is, in a word, complex — and there are plenty of misconceptions about exactly what it does and doesn’t do. Tonight we talk to Lori Robertson of Factcheck.org to debunk some of those myths .

    Next month, the much-talked-about state-run health exchanges will be up and running. Those are the online marketplaces where Americans can shop around for health insurance, set up as part of the Affordable Care Act. The law is — to say the least — complex, and our health and science team has been answering questions about the healthcare law throughout the summer. There are still plenty of misconceptions about exactly what the law does and doesn’t do. Tonight we talk to Lori Robertson of FactCheck.org to debunk some of those myths.

    Up for discussion:

    • A promise from President Obama that if you like the health care plan you have, you get to keep it.

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    • A claim from Republicans that part-time workers are struggling to find full-time jobs because of the law.

    • Claims from the Right that Obamacare is a job killer.

    • Opposing claims that “Consumers will pay less for health insurance when they buy through health care exchanges” or “Premiums will skyrocket for consumers.”

    • Variations on the idea that the government is taking over health care and the government will tell your doctor what treatments you can have.

    • The notion that Congress and congressional staff are exempt from the law.

    • Claims that the law includes forced home inspections by the government.

    Read the full article at FactCheck.org or listen to the interview above.

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