America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200) (the “Act”) was proposed in the House of Representatives on July 14, 2009. The Act is intended to ensure that health insurance coverage and employment-based health plans provide, for all Americans, access to affordable health coverage, essential health benefits, and other protections. The Act is still making its way through the House. However, a number of town hall meetings held by members of Congress during the Congressional recess this month were the site of protests and disruptions by so-called opponents of the Act.
I just received an email from my Congressman, Gary Ackerman, about these meetings and disruptions. He says that the disruptors have no interest in discussing the merits of any health care reform, but want to make sure that no discussion takes place. Many of them were recruited and sent by ideological and trade groups intent on stopping health care reform. To counter the activities of the disruptors, Congressman Ackerman has made the following information about the Act available. Information about the myths being perpetuated about the Act is here. The answers to some of the most common questions about health care reform is here. Finally a line-by-line debunking of attacks on the Act is here.