“If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out,” President Obama warned in his health care address to Congress earlier this month.

Then let’s do it; let’s start “calling out”.

President Obama’s claim:Health care reform will not require anyone to drop their current coverage

Called out:An independent analysis by the Lewin Group shows that as many as 114 million Americans could lose their current coverage and instead end up on a government-run plan under House Democrats’ proposal (H.R. 3200.) Even the most conservative estimates say millions could be shifted to a government-run plan.

President Obama’s claim:He pledges that reform will not add to the deficit, not even a little

Called out: According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the House Democrats’ plan would increase the deficit by $239 billion over 10 years,

President Obama’s claim: President insists that middle-class families won’t see a tax increase – as he did repeatedly during his recent appearance on ABC’s This Week

Called out: On page 167 of H.R. 3200, the title of section 401 reads: “TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.” The Associated Press didn’t mince words when it began a fact check piece, “Memo to President Obama: it’s a tax.”

President Obama’s claim: He pledges to protect seniors’ Medicare benefits

Called out: According to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, House Democrats’ plan cuts Medicare Advantage programs by more than $172 billion.
As a result, six million seniors will be denied access to an affordable Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, including three million who will lose the plan they currently have, according to an analysis completed by Republicans on the House Ways & Means Committee. And that’s just the beginning. The House Democrats’ bill includes a total of more than $500 billion in Medicare cuts, meaning reduced benefits and fewer choices for seniors.

President Obama’s claim:President pledged to Congress that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions”

Called out: Following a meeting at the White House with pro-life activists, the Administration would not commit to inserting a provision that explicitly excludes abortion from health care reform.

President Obama’s claim:President assured law-abiding taxpayers that illegal immigrants should not and will not be covered under the Democrats’ health care plan.

Called out: The non-partisan Congressional Research Service has confirmed, however, that there is no mechanism included in the House bill to verify that individuals are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants before they receive government benefits.

House Republicans offered two amendments in the committee process to correct this: the first would have prevented illegal immigrants from being automatically enrolled into Medicaid and the second would have required better screening for applicants for federally-subsidized health care to ensure they are actually citizens or legal immigrants. Both were rejected by Democrats.

These are just a couple of the many ideas House Republicans have offered to improve Americans’ health care. For instance, why not allow small employers to group together through national associations so they can buy health insurance for their employees like big companies and unions can today? Why not allow the American people to buy health care plans across state lines? Why not get serious about ending junk lawsuits and more importantly the costly defensive medicine that doctors are forced to practice?

The proposals were outlined in a letter to the President back in May. Republican members of congress asked him to meet and discuss them. The response given essentially said ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’

President Obama’s open door policy is strange. For his part, the President has talked about a “whole series of Republican ideas” being included in health care reform. This is just another myth perpetuated by the President, whose rhetoric simply doesn’t match the reality of congressional Democrats’ government-run health care proposals.

The American people deserve to know the unvarnished truth about the potential consequences of this costly government takeover of their health care. The President’s failure to meet this common-sense standard is yet another indication it’s time to hit the reset button and start over in a bipartisan way to achieve health care reforms hard-working Americans can support and afford.

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