As Congress and pundits continue to consider the president’s government-run health care alternative, the White House has rolled out a new Web site that “focuses on what reform really means for you and your family” and “provides you with online tools and content to share the facts with friends, family and anyone else in your social network,” according to a blog post written by Macon Phillips, the White House’s director of new media.
There is already an informational site, HealthReform.gov, which presents the proposed plan. But the new site, titled Heath Care Reform Reality Check, was created specifically to combat naysayers’ false facts—a tactic Mr. Obama’s new-media team honed during his election season to neutralize Republican attacks. The new site has a slew of informational videos featuring members of President Obama’s team, who debunk myths and explain the plan. There are also social media features available so users can spread the information around to show their support for the reforms.
“The road ahead will surely reveal more aggressive efforts from defenders of the status quo to confuse and scare Americans with half-truths and outright lies,” Mr. Phillips wrote. “We’re all too familiar with the time-tested tactics that opponents of reform have used for decades to prevent the meaningful change our health insurance system needs. Now, with what the President calls ‘the best chance of reform we have ever had,’ it’s time for citizens across the country get the facts about reform and work on the grassroots level to add a healthy dose of reality into the national discussion on health insurance reform.”
Here’s a list of features, provided by Mr. Phillips’ post:
Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes tackles a nasty rumor about euthanasia and clearly describes how reform helps families.
Matt Flavin, the White House’s Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy, clears the air about Veteran’s benefits.
Kavita Patel, M.D., a doctor serving in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, explains that health care rationing is happening right now and how reform gives control back to patients and doctors.
Robert Kocher, M.D., a doctor serving on the National Economic Council, debunks the myth that health insurance reform will be financed by cutting Medicare benefits.
In a video first released last week, Linda Douglass from the White House Health Reform Office addresses fears about the end of our private insurance system and reiterates that if you like your current plan you can keep it.
Mr. Phillips also pointed out a FAQ about health insurance reform, a feedback form, and added that “we’ll use this platform to provide you with the latest ‘Reality Checks’ and tools to combat misinformation.”