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Health Insurance Reform SPECIAL MYTHBUSTER: Senator Grassley Statement

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa ignored the facts in a statement released today about America's Affordable Health Choices Act. Facts about the bill debunk Grassley's comments.

Myth: “…making taxpayers fund health care subsidies for illegal immigrants.” - Senator Grassley

Fact: This could not be further from the truth. Taxpayers will not fund health care for undocumented workers.

  • H.R. 3200, Section 246 states that “Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.”
  • Independent analysis by Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.org judged similar comments a “Pants on Fire” distortion. [7/28/09]

Myth:  “… the House committee-passed bill pays physicians to advise patients about end of life care and rates physician quality of care based on the creation of and adherence to orders for end-of-life care…” -Senator Grassley

Fact: America's Affordable Health Choices Act extends Medicare coverage to cover the cost of patients voluntarily speaking with their doctors about their values and preferences regarding end-of-life care--empowering older Americans on this critical issue. These are deeply personal decisions that take thoughtful consideration, and it is only appropriate that doctors be compensated for their time. There is no mandate in the bill to complete an advance care directive or living will.

Myth: “… while at the same time creating a government-run program that is likely to lead to the rationing of care for everyone.” - Senator Grassley

Fact: There is no rationing of care under this bill. The House bill will put patients and doctors where they belong - in the driver's seat. Under the bill, neither insurance company bureaucrats nor government bureaucrats will stand between Americans, their doctors, and the care they need. 

The Health Benefits Advisory Committee does NOT have any role in determining what treatments individuals are entitled to; its primary role is simply to recommend the minimum benefit package insurers must offer under the bill.

  • Some Republicans claim that the Health Benefits Advisory Committee is an attempt by the government to “ration” care, but this is not a “government” committee. It will be made up of mostly of providers, consumer representatives, employers, labor, health insurance issuers, and independent experts.

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