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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fighting back against misinformation

As key provisions of the health care law are implemented and we see the health care law making positive changes in people’s lives, we’re also seeing more and more misinformation being spread by opponents of reform.

A few weeks ago former Governor and Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee defended insurance companies’ widely criticized policy of denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Huckabee compared Americans with conditions such as hay fever and allergies to a “burned down house.”

He stated that a person with a pre-existing condition who is trying to buy health insurance is similar to a homeowner whose house burned down trying to purchase an insurance plan the day after the fire. 

While he might think that this make a good sound bite on national TV, the reality is that millions of people have been denied coverage because they’ve had cancer, a sport injury, a c-section, or some other medical issue in the past.

These Americans are not burned down homes. They are fathers, mothers, children, and college students just trying to stay healthy.

On September 23, some of the key provisions of the health care law went into effect. This portion of the law prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. In 2014, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to any American because of a pre-existing condition.

Despite all of the great new benefits provided in the new law, opponents have not stopped in their efforts to misinform the public. Outrageous and untrue comments, like Huckabee’s, are sure to continue in the weeks and months ahead.

To fight back against this misinformation campaign, we need your help. Let’s show Mike Huckabee and others who are standing in the way of health care reform just who the people are that they think insurance companies should be able to turn away.

If you:

  • Are a cancer survivor or are living with another unexpected illness
  • Have had a sports-related injury
  • Suffer from hay fever or allergies
  • Had a c-section
  • Suffer from migraines
  • Or have been denied coverage for other reasons

We want you to share your story. Here’s how:

  • Take a picture of yourself with a sign telling our opponents “I Deserve Coverage!” Post it on the Families USA Facebook wall or send it to us on Twitter (use the #IDeserveCoverage hashtag)
    • Example: “I have asthma and deserve coverage.”

We’ll be sharing all of the pictures on our website, so keep checking back.

Working together, we can redefine “pre-existing conditions” and ensure all Americans benefit from the health care reform law.