Your Source for Health Reform on the Myths of 2010 on the Myths of 2010

Wild claims topped off a major campaign to discredit the law with misrepresentations, reported in October 2010. “As the election draws near, some conservative groups are making ever-wilder claims about the new health care law,” the wrote. Among the charges they cite and analyze:

  • An elderly man in a Crossroads GPS ad makes the death-panel-esque claim that the law “threatens our lives.”
  • The 60 Plus Association has a World War II veteran evoking the Normandy invasion and claiming that “your freedoms will be chipped away,” unless the legislation is repealed.
  • The American Action Network made the false statement that “jail time” would be the punishment for not having insurance, when the law in fact forbids any criminal penalties.