Introducing “A Daily Dose of Truth”
[From 2010, but the messages are still relevant!]
The attack on the Affordable Care Act continues. Why? Because attacks work – even if they are not completely true or, worse, false. Shame on us!
As people of faith – trusted messengers – it’s our turn! With fewer financial resources, but with relationships that reach into the depth and breadth of our communities, it is our job to transcend partisan politics and economic self-interests, and to be the truth-tellers in support of a compassionate health care future with a system includes and works well for all of us.
We begin with the declaration that “truth is witness to the whole.” We know that one short sound-bite taken out of context — even if it’s a fact — does not necessarily represent the whole truth. We denounce the use of such sound-bites (from any party!) when they are intended to pervert truth for political gain. In the end, we acknowledge that a manipulation of facts to frighten and confuse vulnerable populations is just plain immoral.
We can change what’s happening, but it means each of us must be willing to share the TRUTH when we hear it. We can and must make a difference because health care is, first and foremost, a people issue that should not be relegated to the caverns of political ideologies. In sharing TRUTH, we are not supporting one candidate over another. We are simply making sure that people make their choices based on truth that witnesses to the whole — not on distorted perceptions based on mis-represented facts.
“A Daily Dose of Truth” will help you compare what you are hearing to the real TRUTH in the Affordable Care Act. Please help spread the message to the far reaches of our country — via viral email, Facebook, telephone calls, chats with neighbors, and discussions in your communities of faith. Help us counter what is touted as true (with a little “t”) with what is actually the TRUTH!
The topics relevant to false information in 2010 included: Medicare in Health Care Reform, Health Care Reform in Home Sales; The Requirement to Buy Health Insurance; A Lot to Like in Health Care Reform; Making End-of-Life Decisions; The “R-Word” (Rationing; Small Business and Health Care Reform; The Tax on “Cadillac” Health Plans; Repeal? Defund? Dismantle? Or Move Ahead?; Opponents Input into Health Care Reform; and The Ban on Exclusions for Pre-Existing Conditions.
Note: “A Daily Dose of Truth” was originally written in 2010 to help dispel the incorrect information that was circulating about the Affordable Care Act. While dated, this “Daily Dose” series is still posted because of the relevance of some of these issues to the current discussion about the ACA. A modest attempt was made to update the language of these pages. However, the statistics represent the data at the time these documents were written, and the web links for further information have been removed because of uncertainty over whether the information used as the time is still available.