With lawmakers home for their August recess, a fierce battle has broken out over what precisely is in the mammoth healthcare bills being pushed by congressional Democrats in Washington.
There has been no shortage of misinformation, much of it advanced by critics who have made sometimes outlandish claims about the legislation.
Below are some brief questions and answers about a few of the most contentious parts of the legislation.
Q - Does the legislation include provisions to encourage senior citizens to commit suicide?
This has become one of the most misleading, inflammatory claims made in the healthcare debate, advanced repeatedly by conservative commentators such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and Republican lawmakers working to stoke fears among senior citizens.
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R- N.C.) recently went to the floor of the House to suggest that the Democratic healthcare bill would "put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government."
There is no such provision.
The House bill would give seniors on Medicare the option to sit down with a doctor for an "Advance CQ Care Planning Consultation" every five years to discuss options for care should they become seriously ill or unable to make medical decisions. Topics could include the development of a living will and directives for care.
"These are important discussions everyone should have so they are fully informed and can make their wishes known," said Dr. J. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association in a statement. "That's not controversial, it's plain, old-fashioned patient-centered care."
The provision also is endorsed by the AARP.
Q - Will the government start paying for abortions?
That's still unclear.
Neither the House or Senate versions of the healthcare legislation contains any requirement that federal funding be made available for abortions. Claims that tax dollars will be used for abortions, as a television ad from the Family Research Council contends, are premature and somewhat misleading.
But the legislation is still short on many details. Depending on how future regulations are written, it is possible that some women who get federally subsidized insurance could buy plans that cover abortions.
Under the most popular Democratic healthcare proposals, millions of Americans would buy their insurance in a new, highly regulated marketplace in which private insurers and the government would offer a choice of health plans.
Many of those people would qualify for federal aid to defray the costs of at least part of their premiums.
It appears unlikely that the federal government would require the plans in this new marketplace to cover abortions. In fact, one version of the legislation explicitly prohibits such a requirement.
But some private insurers in the exchange may well cover abortion services.
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