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THE TRUTH: A WIDESPREAD CHAIN EMAIL THAT CLAIMS TO OFFER PAGE-BY-PAGE ANALYSIS OF THE HOUSE HEALTH CARE BILL IS BLATANTLY FALSE.


Many people have received variations of an anti-health-reform chain email that claims to provide a page-by-page analysis of a House healthcare bill. Jennifer Tolbert, an independent health care analyst at a nonpartisan foundation that studies health care reform, called the email “awful.” [1]


“It’s flat-out, blatant lies,” she said. “It’s unbelievable to me how they can claim to reference the legislation and then make claims that are blatantly false.”


Independent fact-check site PolitiFact called the email “a clearinghouse of bad information circulating around the Web about proposed health care changes.” [2]




SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT:

[1] “Finally, we consulted with Jennifer Tolbert, an independent health care analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan foundation that studies health care reform. Tolbert has read and analyzed all the major health proposals, including those of the Republicans.... we sent Tolbert a copy of the latest from our in-box, and she was none too pleased. ‘It’s awful,’ she said. ‘It’s flat-out, blatant lies. It’s unbelievable to me how they can claim to reference the legislation and then make claims that are blatantly false.’” [Politifact, 7/30/09]


[2] “It may be the longest chain e-mail we’ve ever received... Most of what the e-mail says is wrong. In fact, it’s a clearinghouse of bad information circulating around the Web about proposed health care changes...” [Politifact, 7/30/09]


Misinformation, mayhem mar debate on health care

“...lies appear to be in full sprint as the nation's health care debate goes local.” [USA Today, 8/10/09]


Separating fact from fiction in health care debate

“This chain e-mail is very persuasive in many ways because it has specific language, page numbers from the bill, but when you look at what it uses to back up a claim like that, it's just not true.” – Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact and the Washington bureau chief for the St. Petersburg Times [NPR, 8/7/09]

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