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    Myths

    LIE: Health care reform provides for euthanasia, "death panels"

    TRUTH: The “death panels” lie has been applied to many provisions of health care reform

    LIE: The use of budget reconciliation for health care reform undermined democracy

    TRUTH: Budget reconciliation requires a majority vote

    LIE: Mercury emissions don't pose a serious health risk because mercury has always been present in the environment

    TRUTH: Far more mercury is in the environment now than before industrialization

    LIE: Health care reform legislation covers undocumented immigrants

    TRUTH: The health care reform law explicitly excludes undocumented immigrants, repeatedly

    LIE: Health care reform adds more than $1 trillion to the deficit

    TRUTH: The health care reform law is projected to reduce the deficit by $109 billion over 10 years

    LIE: Obamacare creates a health care system like the ones in Canada and the U.K.

    TRUTH: Obamacare builds on the current American health care system

    LIE: Obamacare is "socialized medicine"

    TRUTH: Obamacare maintains the system of private, employer-provided insurance