“President Obama’s kicking off his health care reform today in the worst possible way: with a mischa

This was a quote today from ABC News.

What would be another word for mischaracterization?

Let’s check the facts.

“The cost of health care now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds,” Obama said at the opening of his White House forum on health care reform. The problem: That claim, based on a 2001 survey, is simply unsupportable.

The figure comes from a 2005 Harvard University study saying that 54 percent of bankruptcies in 2001 were caused by health expenses. We reviewed it internally and knocked it down at the time; an academic reviewer did the same in 2006. Recalculating Harvard’s own data, he came up with a far lower figure – 17 percent.

A more recent study by another group, approaching it another way, indicates that in 2007 about eight-tenths of one percent of Americans lived in families that filed for bankruptcy as a result of medical costs. That rings a little less loudly than “one every 30 seconds.”

Let’s speak plainly, the President is lying to further his agenda. It has only taken a few months, but the pattern has already emerged and is likely to continue. We have elected the most liberal President in a generation and for most who were not paying attention during the election, it is quite a surprise.

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~ by thedark2 on March 5, 2009.

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