Obama's healthcare townhall

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Obama's Health Insurance Reform townhall yesterday afternoon, in conjunction with a "Reality Check" page on the White House website, was good enough for Washington Monthly's Steve Benen to call Obama "President Mythbuster." Obama did indeed debunk many of the myths that have been manufactured about the healthcare bill: it's not "government-run healthcare," there is no rationing, there are no "death panels," and the goal isn't to drive private insurers out of business.

FactCheck corrected Obama on one point: he claimed "we have the AARP on board," but they have not endorsed any specific bill. As the AARP's COO Tom Nelson stated:

While the President was correct that AARP will not endorse a health care reform bill that would reduce Medicare benefits, indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate.

That error aside, Obama deserves kudos for holding a genuine townhall meeting on a contentious issue--and for doing so without resorting to the Bush-era tricks of screening attendees by party membership, ejecting anyone with contrary t-shirts or bumper stickers, and pre-screening questions.

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