Tip Sheets

Five Myths About Medicare (John Rother presentation)

Panel: Seeing through the rhetoric in health reform debates  (Health Journalism 2012)

Speaker: John Rother, president, National Coalition on Health Care

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Panel description: “Death panels!” “The end of Medicare as we know it!” “Government takeover of health care!” The past three years have provided no shortage of overblown rhetoric and myth-making in health care. As the 2012 election season heats up, it’s only going to get worse. We sort through the hyperbole and provide tips about how to sort myth from reality, with a particular emphasis on how to cover two hot-button political issues – entitlement reform and the future of employer-provided health insurance.