How to Tell Truth From BS

What is BS?

How to Spot Bull$**t in Healthcare, Politics, and in General

When it comes to the ACA we hear a lot of talking points, that means a lot of lies, truths, and half-truths. We tell you how to spot the BS.

How can you tell BS from truth? It isn’t easy, but two things that help me are:

  1. Understanding Bias.
  2. Understand what BS is.

In short, bias is any learned behavior or instinct for or against, and BS describes the delivery of a lie, truth, or half-truth in a dishonest way.

Saying, “if you like your plan you can keep it…” (a half-truth) was BS. Believing ObamaCare is bad because it has the word Obama in it is bias.

The Greeks believed that steering the ship of the state was a position of the highest virtue… but in modern times it can become tempting to question if we perhaps aren’t lacking a sense of moral virtue in politics (not religious virtue per-say, but philosophical morality as an aspect of the human condition).

How can we say “greed is good” and “lets build a wall” without considering aspects of morality, psychology, and the concept of BS?

Anyway, instead of going in depth on these topics here, I’ll simply point you to our “everything but the ACA” website On FactMyth we dissect commonly held beliefs and call BS or confirm with peer-reviewed citation, explainer videos, and (when we can) comedy.

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Author: Thomas DeMichele

Thomas DeMichele is the head writer and founder of,, and other websites. He has been in the health insurance and healthcare information field since 2012. is a...

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