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Healthcare claims rated false and half-true at Tampa town hall


Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint brought his "Defund Obamacare" town hall tour to Tampa on Wednesday night, and PolitiFact Florida was there. DeMint repeated some claims already put to the Truth-O-Meter. The highlights:

• DeMint called the health care law socialized medicine and said it would make the United States system like those in Britain or Canada. PolitiFact has rated similar claims False, because the health care law leaves in place the private health care system and the free market.

The law does put more regulations on health insurance companies. It also fines most large employers who fail to provide insurance for their employees, and it requires all individuals to have health insurance. In Britain, doctors are employees of the government, while in Canada, the government pays most medical bills as part of a single-payer system. President Barack Obama’s health law has neither of those features.

• DeMint said the law will intervene in decisions between doctors and patients. Though the law puts more regulations on health insurance companies, nothing in the law changes typical interactions between doctors and patients. We rate that claim is False. Read more.



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