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  Begich debunks ‘evil’ in health care reform
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Last EditedJason  Aug 29, 2009 04:03pm
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News DateThursday, August 20, 2009 04:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionU.S. Sen. Mark Begich, returned home from Washington on summer congressional break, and spoke on proposed health care reform at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Aug. 10 luncheon forum. He deftly debunked the misunderstanding surrounding the plan and likened its opposition to “swiftboating”— a reference to Swift Vets and POWs for Truth’s 2004 campaign against presidential candidate John Kerry — or a smear campaign to discredit Congress’ efforts to bring health care costs in America under control.

He answered the criticisms one by one.

• No, there will be no federal funding for abortions because there already exists a 33-year-old amendment that prohibits them, except in the case of rape or incest.

• No, there are no “death panels,” only help with end-of-life decisions, which Alaska already has in a “model” end-of-life bill, he said.
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