Topic: Obamacare

Marco Rubio
In Florida, "300,000 people are going to lose their individual coverage because of Obamacare
Rubio’s source said actually assures policy holders of “continuous health care coverage”
Barack Obama
Consumer Reports uncovers the real cost of ObamaCare
Thousands of people have received notices that their insurance policies are being terminated because they do not meet the minimum standards.  These are typically junk policies that are not really insurance at all.
Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck says Barack Obama knew that 50% of Americans would lose health insurance
The primary study Beck relied on contradicts his numbers.  Even the author of the study Beck cites and many other health policy experts disagree with his assertion. 
Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin's alternative to Obamacare
Matt Lauer attempts to get answers from Sarah Palin about health care on Monday's "Today".
Watch this entertaining video.

Paul Broun
Braun claims federal report says Obamacare will increase the long-term federal deficit by $6.2 trillion.
The Federal report he quotes actually says that the health care law could cause the federal deficit to increase if cost-savings measures are phased out over time. But if the law is fully implemented, it could actually lower the deficit over time.
Ken Cuccinelli
Since Obamacare became law, "most of our new jobs have been part-time jobs."
Failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and Tea Party Conservative has no basis for this statement. BLS figures show that since the signing in March 2010, there are 5 million more full-time workers and 500,000 more part-time employees.
Muslims in the U.S. are specifically exempted from legislative requirements to purchase health insurance.
Certain groups may be eligible for the RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE EXEMPTION. For example Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites have a history of declining Social Security and providing for their own dependent members. It is unlikely that Muslims are eligible.
Ted Cruz Tx
Over 2/3 of Ted Cruz reviewed statements are rated false, mostly false, or pants on fire.
Conservative Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has led the effort to defund or delay Obamacare..Out of 25 statements reviewed by PolitiFact, only 8 were true, mostly true, or half true.  Lying is not a Christian value.
Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Joe Barton, R-TX users 'waive any reasonable right to privacy,' Rep. Barton says is compliant with HIPAA regulations on privacy.
Jeb Bush Fl
Jeb Bush tweets that Obama is closing the embassy to the Vatican. Implies it might be retribution for opposing Obamacare
The US relocating its embassy closer to the Vatican to improve security, decrease expense, and to be more architecturally distinctive. The move has been in the works since George W. Bush was president. And there is no evidence to support the idea that the relocation was related to battles over Obamacare.
Donna Brazile Cnn
Donna Brazile says GOP lacks plan to help working poor get health insurance
Republicans do suggest refundable tax credits which can help some Americans, but the plan is full of uncertainty and results might be limited. No independent studies show how much Republican ideas for tax deductions and tax credits would accomplish.
Ted Cruz Tx
Says "President Obama just granted all of Congress an exception" to Obamacare.
Congress will use new marketplaces alongside the uninsured and small businesses. All Congress got was a clarification about the law’s effect on contributions toward their health insurance — which they will purchase on Obamacare’s marketplaces.
Political Satire
Dhimmitude' on page 107 of the health care law exempts Muslims, claims chain email
In fact, this email is wrong on just about everything: The word "dhimmitude" is not in the law. Muslims are not specifically exempted. And if anyone is exempted, it’s a small number of Christian groups. This was created to create religious turmoil.
Ted Cruz Tx
Cruz says Democrats will shut down Catholic church charities and hospitals if the church doesn’t change its beliefs.
PolitiFact found no sign of such a statement -- or anything close..Cruz says Democrats are "fighting a war on religious liberty," but there is no basis for this wild, outrageous claim.  Christians should uphold the truth.
Rush Limbaugh
"Obamacare is going to increase the divorce rate."
There is concern about a "marriage penalty," which exists for other federal programs with sliding income eligibility scales, but experts said the effect may be marginal, as no one has done the research to nail down reasonable expectations.
Barack Obama
"A million people … could get health insurance right away" if Texas expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.
Estimates show some 1.4 million to 1.7 million would be eligible immediately. Currently there are 6,080,000 uninsured in Texas/ 24% of the population.
Jeff Merkley
Says the Affordable Care Act has already reduced the number of uninsured in Oregon by 10 percent.
Some 70,000 had received coverage through the fast-track program. Even considering those who lost coverage because of unsatisfactory policies, there was a net gain of 56,000 people covered. The Republican National Committee launched robocalls against the senator -- along with 10 other Democrats up for re-election -- accusing them of lying about the new law.
Obamacare provision will allow "forced home inspections" by government agents.
The program they pointed to provides grants for voluntary help to at-risk families by trained staff like nurses and social workers. Studies show that such visits to families of newborns reduced child abuse and neglect, even years later. They also reduced government spending for low-income unmarried women.
Ted Cruz Tx
"According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, under Obamacare, 7 million people will lose their employer-sponsored
Cruz cherry-picks and misinterprets the non-partisan Congressional Budget Offiice's 10-year budget outlook forecast. It states that instead of losing coverage, many are expected to shift into the health insurance exchanges.
John Boehner
Says President Barack Obama’s health care law is "expected to destroy 2.3 million jobs."
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report was widely misquoted and misconstrued.  The reduction will come from voluntary actions by workers, rather than layoffs by employers. The law would not push up unemployment. In fact, some people at the low end of the wage ladder would find it easier to find work as a result of the predicted shifts in the workforce.
Nat. Republican Congressional Committee says Obamacare includes a "$700 billion cut from Medicare for seniors".
The numbers are right, but the intent is false. There is reduction in spending to Medicare outlays, but it’s fueled by finding savings in the program, a move that Republicans actually supported in the Ryan budget. Medicare spending still increases in the coming years.
Josh McKoon
A Georgia religious freedom bill would help Catholic institutions that, under Obamacare, could be forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs.
False on many fronts. In 2010 Obama signed an executive order declaring that federal funds would not be used for abortion services, except in the case of rape, incest or a woman’s life safety, in accordance with long-standing restrictions commonly known as the Hyde Amendment.
John Boehner
The United States has seen "a net loss of people with health insurance" because of Obamacare.
Bad Math! Every indicator right now suggests there will be a net gain in coverage. First, most of the people who lost their insurance have seen those policies extended to them through an administrative fix, or received new coverage through their previous insurer, or bought a new plan. Second, millions of people gained coverage through Medicaid, or by remaining on parents insurance until age 26.
Ted Cruz Rep TX
Says President Barack Obama "is the first president we've ever had who thinks he can choose which laws to enforce and which laws to ignore."
PolitiFact found that at least seven presidents -- including some of the nation’s most admired occupants of the White House (Bush, Nixon, Reagan, Truman, A. Johnson, Lincoln) acted, at least on occasion, in ways that ignored specific laws or constitutional protections. (read details)
Americans For Prosperity
New anti-Obamacare ad makes misleading claims according to Washington Post Fact Checker
Americans for Prosperity (Kosh brothers) makes sweeping claims about the health-care law that lack context or offer a misleading picture.  They claim not to be about politics yet run in states with competitive Senate races. They misconstrue facts.
Marco Rubio
Says the goal of the Affordable Care Act was to get 30 million people insured, but it only got 7 million.
The clearly stated goal for 2014, that the White House hit just in time, was 7 million signups. By 2019, that number is expected to jump to 27 million. Rubio does have a point that many Americans will remain uninsured under the reform, but his claim twists the administration’s timeline for enrolling uninsured Americans.
Organizing For Action
A Koch brothers group is "going to college campuses, giving away free booze to try to bribe young folks out of getting health insurance."
Generation Opportunity, a Koch brothers-backed group, didn’t bribe students, but they did offer alcohol to young people at Opt-Out events near college campuses, to encourage young people to consider buying health insurance other than the Affordable Care Act.
Gov Terry Mcauliffe
State Medicaid expansion "will save Virginia's treasury $1 billion over the next eight years."
The research concludes that Medicaid expansion will save $601 million over the next eight years if approved by the legislature. The analysis he cites says the state will save another $420 million from other provisions in Obamacare, regardless of whether it broadens Medicare,
Liz Chaney
"The numbers of people that support Obamacare and like it have been steadily dropping."
Americans remain divided on the health care law, and most polls show that more people oppose it than support it. But we found no evidence that people who once supported the law are "steadily" changing their minds -- not even in the poll Cheney specifically cited.
Ann Coulter- Conservative pundit
A friend’s sister "died from Obamacare" because Blue Shield "completely just pulled out of California."
Blue Shield did not pull out of California, and the company did not leave people without insurance. In fact, customers were allowed to keep their existing insurance plans through March. If the basic facts of Coulter’s story are accurate, the woman in question elected to drop insurance coverage.
Gretchen Carlson- Conservative Pundit
"The CBO now says the president's health care law will cut the number of full-time jobs in the United States by 2.3 million by 2021."
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report is misquoted. The CBO said the health care law will give more people an incentive to reduce their hours; some will limit their hours and some will stop working altogether by their own choice. The law would not push up unemployment, but may affect the number of hours worked..
Freedom Partners
Freedom Partners, a Koch brothers group, placed ads accusing Rep. Bruce Braley of giving 'special favors' to insurers by voting for Obamacare
It’s ridiculous to suggest that donors who contributed less than 1 percent of his warchest weighed more heavily on his vote than his ideology, his past campaign promises and his partisan affiliation. 
Donald Trump
"ObamaCare enrollment lie: Obama counts an enrollee as a web user putting a plan in ‘their online shopping carts.’"
An application must be submitted to be considered enrolled. Some insurance companies accept payment online, and others mail statements. Most states require a month grace period. Trump has oversimplifed a highly regulated private industry.
Under Obamacare, patients 76 and older must be admitted to the hospital by their primary care physicians in order to be covered by Medicare.
These fabrications originated in 2009 as part of a widely distributed 'letter from Judge David Kithil', which contained many totally false criticisms of "Obamacare" health care reform legislation.
Americans For Prosperity
Washington Post debunks Americans for Prosperity ads criticizing Obamacare.
Americans for Prosperity, the limited-government group sponsored by the Koch brothers has spent $35 million attacking Democrats over the Affordable Care Act, but their new expensive ads are false.
Tim Huelskamp R Kansas
"Obamacare has boosted the number of uninsured."
In at least two instances Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp simply invented his claim that “numbers” exist showing that “there are more people uninsured today in Kansas” since the health-care law was implemented.
Americans For Prosperity
AFP says health care premiums up 90 percent in New Hampshire
AFP cherry picked data from a Morgan Stanley report that was based on just one insurance broker in the state. If some individuals have the wrong combination of income and health factors, they might see large premium increases, but that’s not typical in the state.
Rand Paul
"For every Kentuckian that has enrolled in Obamacare, 40 have been dropped from their coverage."
First, Paul cherry picked data from outdated estimates/ not facts. His figures are not mathematically possible. Using the narrowest definition of "sign-ups," there would have to be 3.3 million cancellations in the state for his figures to be true. In fact, it’s reasonable to argue that more people in Kentucky have coverage through Obamacare than have been canceled.
Democratic Party
Virginia Democratic Party says Virginia House Republicans are sacrificing $5 million a day in U.S. funds by refusing to expand Medicaid.
As many as 400,000 Virginians could become eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare, and the U.S. would pay their entire health care costs through 2016.   But the $5 million-a-day figure comes from an old state estimate. Updated data shows loss of $3.5 million a day for the 2014 budget year, and about $4.5 million a day during the following budget year.
David Brat GOP FL
PolitiFact looks back at fact-checks from Eric Cantor's primary loss.
False statements on both sides played a part in the shocking loss by popular GOP House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor.  Of particular concern was efforts to demonize any bipartisan effort toward immigration reform.
Mitch McConnell, sen KY
Says a new report shows the "devastating tax hikes (in the health care law) will have on middle-class Kentuckians."
Other than an excise tax on high-cost plans, the Congressional Budget Office Report that he refers to showed how more high-income earners will have to pay taxes over time, but most of the middle class wouldn’t be affected, even 25 years from now.
Nancy Pelosi House Minority Leader
"The House of Representatives has never sued a sitting president in all of U.S. history."
This is correct, however there have been at least 14 suits over the past four decades filed by individual lawmakers or groups of lawmakers.
Barack Obama
White House rolls out new birth control accommodation for nonprofits
Nonprofits as Catholic schools and hospitals can opt out of covering birth control by notifying the Department of Health and Human Services of their objections. A third-party insurer will pay for and administer the coverage so that women still receive the contraceptive coverage guaranteed to them by the Affordable Care Act.
Tom Corbett Gov Pa
Republican Governor Tom Corbett agrees to expand Medicaid for low-income residents in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania will become the 28th state to expand Medicare under the Affordable Care Act.  An estimated 500,000 low-income individuals will be offered subsidies to purchase private insurance.  The state will fund and administer a voluntary program that will offer job training and placement services.
Pat Roberts, GOP KS
"20,000 Kansans lost their health insurance because of (Obamacare)."
About 57,000 Kansans obtained insurance on If the state follows the national trend, roughly half of these people were uninsured before the law.
Barack Obama
The cost of "health care is now the single-biggest factor driving down" the federal budget deficit.
The CBO specifically cited health care costs as the main reason, though the Affordable Care Act is not necessarily the primary cause of that calculation. Even though projections are lower than they were years ago, health care spending is rising in the short term.
Karl Roves Pac
Conservative Republican group claims that because of ObamaCare, "California seniors face benefit cuts of over $1,700."
This Conservative group sports a mostly false PolitiFact overall rating. The eschewed facts they cite only apply to the 1/3 of seniors who are covered under the Medicare Advantage plans, and even those benefits have remained stable. Plus ObamaCare actually expanded Medicare’s minimum required benefits and established incentives for Advantage plans to provide extra benefits.
Ted Cruz Rep Tx
Republicans shut down Ted Cruz
Though Cruz insists he does not want a government shutdown, some of his Senate colleagues say that’s where his plan would end up.
Chain Email
New tax increases that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, "all passed under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare."
The email is flat-out wrong when it blames Democrats, and Obamacare for the increases. The bulk of the tax hikes stem from a different bill entirely -- one that received support from a large majority of Senate Republicans and a significant minority of House Republicans.
Joni Ernst Sen R-iowa
PolitiFact combed through every line of the State of the Union rebuttal by Senator Joni Ernst.
The rebuttal includes many fact and many points that had been debunked many times over.  Read the entire speech and see, point by point, which statements were true or not.
Fred Thompson, Ex-Sen. TN
Thompson says Obamcare could raise premiums enough to pay for a new Ford Explorer.
Thompson takes a few snippets and spins them into a misleading tale. Only a very specific type of person will have increases and at worse they would be up to $2,200 per yr. Most people will see premiums reduced or increased by 1 or 2 percent.
Barbara Comstock R-10th
"Did you know under President Obama family health care premiums have increased $4,154 on the average?"
First, the number is dubious. Comstock uses Kaiser’s 2008 survey as the base year for Obama. That means she’s blaming Obama for some premiums that went into effect a year or more before he was inaugurated.
Andy Puzder
"Obamacare has caused millions of full-time jobs to become part-time."
The statistics, in this case, are inadequate to either prove or disprove that "millions" of Americans have seen their job go from full-time to part-time due to the law. That said, there’s evidence suggesting that hundreds of thousands of workers may have seen their hours cut as the law’s impact began to be felt.
Barack Obama
Obama slams Staples, big companies on Health Care: 'Shame on them'
"There is no reason for an employer who is not currently providing health care to their workers to discourage them from either getting health insurance on the job or being able to avail themselves of the Affordable Care Act," Obama said in the interview Tuesday.
Texas Democratic Party
Rick Perry failed to "partner with the Legislature to find a Texas solution to closing the insurance coverage gap."
It’s safe to say around a million Texas adults fall into the coverage gap for making too little money to qualify for insurance subsidies and also remaining ineligible for Medicaid unless Texas expands access as encouraged by the Obamacare law and rejected by Perry and the state’s ruling Republicans.
Evan Bayh, D-Ind
"The fastest-growing part of the Pentagon’s budget are health care expenses."
There’s little debate that generous military health care benefits are taking up an ever-increasing share of the Pentagon’s budget.
Richard Corcoran
"Medicaid patients were 97 percent more likely to die than those with private insurance."
Corcoran was citing a 2010 University of Virginia study that looked at Medicaid patients who underwent surgery, not all people in the program.  Other studies show using Medicaid improves access and quality of life for many patients, or at the very least doesn’t hurt them.
Sarah Silverman
Says Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has stated that supporting the "right to health care ... means you believe in slavery."
Silverman forwarded a social media meme shortened with Paul’s comments to fit the available space. The meme has been abridged from the full quote, but PolitiFact saw no significant change in his meaning and also found no evidence that Paul had backtracked on the views he expressed.
Chain Email
Chain email says Medicare won't pay for 'observational' stay in hospital due to Obama-Care.
Medicare does pay for in-hospital observational care, but medicare considers it outpatient treatment if there is no diagnosis, so it does not qualify the person for nursing home followup care. This has nothing to do with Obama-Care.   The claim is not only ridiculous but also dangerous, by urging ailing patients to leave the hospital for no good reason.
Donald Trump
"The $5 billion website for Obamacare … never worked. Still doesn't work."
Trump overstates the amount of money spent to create and fix, and his claim that the website isn’t working -- and never did -- is debunked by the fact that millions of Americans have signed up for insurance through the site.
Barack Obama
Wages are finally growing faster than health insurance costs.
Obama credits the Affordable Care Act for relief for employers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that over a 12-month period wages grew faster than health care costs for the first time since 1998.
Jim Carrey
Actor Jim Carrey says the "California governor says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in vaccines."
Carrey called aluminum a poison and toxin. Like many other chemicals, it could be, in dosages and scenarios that are rare. There is no scientific evidence found by PolitiFact suggesting otherwise. In fact, the only debate stems from a theory, not research that contradicts decades of immunizations.
John Kasich R-oh
GOP candidate, Kasich, said Ohio "Medicaid is growing at one of the lowest rates in the country.”
In the GOP debate, Kasich defended his decision to accept Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The Kaiser Family Foundation says Ohio’s growth rate is 3.3 percent between 2010 and 2013, placing it slightly below the national average of four percent. Overall, Ohio ranks 26th out of 50 states.Ohio benefited.
John Kasich R-oh
Presidential hopeful, Kasich says that real conservatism is watching out for the poor and disadvantaged, and that is good for the economy.
Kasich defended Ohio's Medicaid expansion by saying, when skeptics arrive in heaven, "Saint Peter isn’t going to ask them how small they’ve kept government, but what they have done for the poor." He quotes Matthew 25.  Healthy people are employable, and Medicaid money helps, rehabilitate prisoners and drug users, which saves money.  Ohio's budget has a surplus and he has cut taxes.
Scott Walker
Obamacare doesn’t require members of Congress "to abide by the same rules that all of the other Americans do."
Health care reforms established a marketplace for small businesses to sponsor health care coverage for their employees. Members of Congress get healthcare with government like other large companies, but their staff can use the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act just like their constituents would.
Carly Fiorina
Fiorina says 'Obamacare isn't helping anyone'
Tens of millions of Americans have truly benefited from the ACA, in big ways (such as securing insurance for the first time) or smaller ways (paying less for drugs under Medicare Part D).
Donald Trump
Trump claims, with Obamacare, "You have no options .. you can't get competitive bidding."
That is true in about 10 percent of the counties where individuals buy their coverage on the government’s insurance exchange. In another 30 percent of counties, people have only two companies to choose between. But in 60 percent of the counties there are at least three insurance providers to compare.


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