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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.
Bill Gates
2014 Annual Letter: People around the world are living longer, healthier lives.The world can solve extreme poverty and disease.
After years of hands-on philanthropy, Gates exposes 3 myths: 1)  Poor countries are doomed to stay poor; 2) Foreign aid is a big waste; 2) Saving lives leads to overpopulation. See interview on Charlie Rose
Divided Church
Is this the year Liberals take back religion from Conservatives?
This comprehensive editorial reviews a wide range of trends to explore this issue.
Conservative Website
Conservative website says Barack Obama signed law to require health professionals to share private data that would lead to gun confiscation
Rules to determine if someone is mentally incompetent and a risk for gun violence are enforced differently in various jurisdictions. This is not law, it isn’t enacted and it isn’t unconstitutional according to Supreme Court jurisprudence.
Americans For Prosperity
Millions of Americans are "paying more and getting less" under Obamacare.
Truth is most people are getting more benefits under the law. At worst, they’re paying more to get more, though in many cases they’re actually paying less.  Premiums have steadily increased (more than doubled from 2000 until Obama took office.) Four of the smallest rate increases of the last 14 years were under Obama. Increase in healthcare costs have also slowed during the last four years.
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.
Matt Damon
"Every 20 seconds, a child dies because they lack access to clean water and sanitation."
Damon is accurately highlighting a little-known problem to an American audience.but fortunately, due to improvements, the current loss from diarrhea caused by tainted water has decreased from 1.5 million deaths to about 760,000 deaths a year. Still a tragedy.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
Madison Action Fund
Conservative group says Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson is a "liberal" who voted with Nancy Pelosi to "fund sex study programs of San Francisco prostitutes" and "to regulate the sale of firearms."
The research was to find ways to control spread of HIV. The ad misleads by cherry pickking a handful of out-of-date votes to create the impression that Simpson and Pelosi are in ideological lockstep. Suggesting any substantial alliance between Simpson and Pelosi is ridiculous.
Hillary Clinton
"Canadian middle class incomes are now higher than in the US. They are working fewer hours for more pay, … living longer, and facing less income inequality."
It is true that Canadian middle class incomes are now higher than in the United States. They are working fewer hours for more pay, living longer on average, and facing less income inequality."  Her claim that Canada provides a better safety net is hard to measure statistically.
HIV-positive couple had 3 kids, all free of disease. This may be due to dad's involvement.
Dads are important! A study conducted between 1999 and 2005, showed that dad's involvement in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, reduced the risk of transmitting the disease 40% compared to couples with no male involvement.
Barack Obama
"The United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave."
Few Americans have paid maternity leave.  The rest of the developed world has at least some paid benefits, but many developed countries still have inferior benefits.
Ted Cruz Tx
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), blame the surge of Immigrant children on President Barack Obama's DACA program.
Only undocumented minors who arrived prior to June 2012, were eligible for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DECA. Central American news media routinely portray Obama as tough on immigration. These children are escaping extreme violence, crime, and poverty.
Rula Jebreal, Palestinian journalist
"Ninety percent" of people living in Gaza "don’t have access even to water."
Jebreal claims that desparate conditions in Gaza are under reported in the US. Estimates range upward from 67 percent go without water. 90 to 95 percent of the water from Gaza’s coastal aquifer (their only natural source of fresh water) isn’t suitable for drinking.
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.
Phil Gingrey, GOP GA
Amid the "crisis at our southern border," there are "reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as … Ebola virus."
Ebola has only been found in Africa -- and experts agree that, given how the disease develops, the likelihood of children from Central America bringing it to the U.S. is almost nonexistent.  Gingrey's office could not provide one example.  While migrant children do pose public health risks, this claim is out of the ball park.
George Barker VA Dem
Uncompensated care has "gone down by 30 percent just in the first few months" of Medicaid expansion in the states that adopted it.
Statistics show Medicaid expansion has reduced the need for charity by hospitals. Uncompensated care in the US totaled $45.9 billion in 2012 and burden hospitals.  If the trend continues hospitals hope it’s enough to offset cuts called for in the Affordable Care Act.
Obamacare won't let Florida regulate health insurance, state GOP says.
The Affordable Care Act says if states can regulate premiums, they should. States only have to bring laws up to minimum Obamacare requirements and only intervenes in states that don’t have effective rate review programs -- something Florida can do on its own, but won’t.
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.
Barack Obama
What has Obama accomplished as president? Which campaign promises were compromised? Which ones has he failed to keep?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
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.
"Over 73% of all donations raised (from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge) are going to fundraising, overhead, executive salaries, and external donations."
In reality, nearly 79 percent of the ALS Association’s expenditures were for purposes that advance its stated mission. Fundraising, overhead and executive salaries account for no more than 21 percent.
Amy Klobuchar Cnn State Of The Union
Klobuchar: Children who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to commit domestic violence.
A 2010 study shows children who witnessed any intimate partner violence are 2.6 times as likely to perpetrate it themselves.  Children who witnessed any violence were 1.6 times as likely to become perpetrators.  We need new studies.
Tom Cotton, AK GOP House
Cotton says "President Obama hijacked the farm bill (and) turned it into a food stamp bill."
Food stamps have been part of every farm bill enacted since 1973. Cotton and his allies in the House attempted to strip the food stamp provisions, so they were the ones who were trying to make a radical change.
Glenn Beck
"Every time somebody new gets the Ebola virus, it mutates."
Mutation happens when viruses replicate but most mutations hurt the virus and are automatic dead-ends. About two-thirds don’t change how Ebola functions, but there is no data to say whether the functional changes matter. The most recent study in West Africa found that many new varieties are not passed on to new victims.
Windy Davis Tx Demo Gov Candatate
Wendy Davis said Greg Abbott took a hefty campaign donation before siding with a hospital against patients injured and killed by a drug-taking surgeon.
The donation and court appearance are verified, however Abbott’s intervention was limited to defending the constitutionality of a Texas law that essentially gives immunity to hospitals for credentialing dangerous physicians..

John McCain, GOP AZ
"We were told there would never be a case of Ebola in the United States."
Based on public statements, Obama and CDC officials have repeatedly said there’s a chance an Ebola case could appear in the United States, but the possibility of an outbreak is extremely low.
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.
Domestic Violence
Psychologist David Adams says it is time to address excuses given by abusers like Ray Rice.
Adams, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Emerge, an abuser education program, says common excuses are: "Alcohol made me do it," "She provoked me," or "I lost control," or "I was under a lot of stress." Even victims may believe the excuse.  Society must be clear that there is no excuse for abuse.
Ted Cruz Rep Tx
"Obama, instead of nominating a health professional, he nominated someone who is an anti-gun activist (for surgeon general)."
Obama's November 2013 nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has an MD from Yale, teaches at Harvard medical school, and has a long list of impressive medical credentials, but Senate Republicans blocked his confirmation because of alleged anti-gun leanings. 
Arnold Abbott
"Drop that Plate!" A 90 year old man was arrested for feeding the poor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, under a new ordinance that can jail him up to 90 days.
Ninety year old "Chef Arnold Abbott" and two pastors were arrested for serving food that they cooked in their church kitchen. Some 30 cities have tried to introduce laws similar laws at a time that more veterans face homelessness and after two harsh winters drove homeless people southward.
Mitch Mcconnell Sen Ky
The Senate Majority Leader says that the climate-change agreement between the United States and China "requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years.
Experts say that it is not in China’s interest to spend the next 16 years working toward the goal, but building that infrastructure cannot be done overnight and will take years to carry out.
Budget Cuts
One Million Unemployed Childless Adults Will Lose SNAP Benefits in 2016.
Most states will have a three-month limit on SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-50 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children. An Ohio report shows that 1/3 had a medical or physical limitation, including depression, PTSD, or mental or learning disabilities. Many were caregivers or had other impediment to employment.
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.
Bill Gates
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has helped hundreds of millions of people around the world, has published its Annual Newsletter.
They predict that "the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else's." They will have "unprecedented opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food, and benefit from mobile banking", driven by innovation in technology. Goals include making drinking water from sewage, wiping out malaria, polio, HIV, and more.
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.
Jeb Bush Fl
Jeb Bush throws his support behind more federally funded science research and infrastructure.
Bush, who has said he will run in the Republican presidential primary, says without government funding "we lose the initiative to cure diseases." This is an unpopular stand among republicans whose desire to cut the budget overshadows other concerns.
Barack Obama
"Nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape."
The number comes from the 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, which was released in September 2014 by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showing that 19.3 percent of women reported experiences that are considered to be rape or attempted rape under the survey’s guidelines.
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.
John Boehner
We spend more money on antacids than we do on politics."
Federal campaign spending tops worldwide antacid sales no matter how you cut it. Factoring in state elections makes the disparity even greater.
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.
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.
Harry Reid
Planned Parenthood is "the only health care that a significant number of women get. About 30 percent of women, that's their health care."
That’s not the case -- Planned Parenthood saw 2.7 million patients in 2013, not the 39 million it would have needed to see for Reid’s claim to be accurate. Even if every Planned Parenthood patient had no other health care options, the group would have seen about 2 percent of women, not 30 percent. 
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.
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
"We spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country."
The United States spends more on health care per capita than other countries, but not always twice as much. European countries with extensive social service networks aren’t so far behind the United States.
Alliance Defending Freedom
"Zero Planned Parenthood facilities are licensed to do mammograms. Planned Parenthood, women don’t need you!"
In an effort to debunk defenders that Planned Parenthood provides essential women’s health services in addition to abortions, an anti-abortion group claimed that none of the organization’s clinics is licensed to provide mammograms. Planned Parenthood physicians do however perform the clinical exams that lead to referrals for a mammogram or other specialized care.
Planned Parenthood
Virginia woman bares mastectomy scars to lawmaker intent on defunding Planned Parenthood.
During an anti-abortion rant to defund Planned Parenthood, Leigh Anne Woods walked up the podium and took her shirt off saying, “You have a problem because they perform abortions, look at everything else they do, they save lives!” Woods said. “It’s more than birth control,” she insisted. “It’s more than abortion. They save lives.”
Charles Koch
New report examines Kochs' role in Hurricane Katrina damage and slow recovery.
The report says that Koch and other oil and gas pipeline companies caused destruction of wetlands south of New Orleans, eliminating New Orleans' "natural protection, and exacerbating the damage done when Katrina hit, .They continue to oppose reform legislation.
Hillary Clinton Presidential Candidate
Hillary Clinton proposes $10 billion plan to fight addiction.
"Twenty-three million Americans suffer from addiction, but only 1 in 10 get treatment," Clinton proposes medication-assisted treatments such as buprenorphine and methadone, along with counseling, because these have proven to be effective according to the World Health Organization and other agencies.
Jeb Bush Fl
Jeb Bush says, Planned Parenthood is "not actually doing women’s health issues."
Setting abortion procedures aside -- Planned Parenthood offered more than 10 million services in 2013. Those services included contraception, breast exams, pregnancy tests, pap tests and STI/STD testing and treatment.
Dan Patrick R-tx
Patrick says Planned Parenthood does nothing but profit from killing babies and then selling body parts
Planned Parenthood’s most common pregnancy services in 2013 were pregnancy tests (1.1 million services); HIV tests (704,000 services); emergency contraception kits (1.4 million services) and Pap tests (378,692 services). No federal money has paid for any abortion services, and there’s been no confirmation it sells body parts for profit.
Ben Carson Gop Candidate
In the GOP debate Carson denied a ten year relationship with company who paid $7Million for deceptive claims.
Mannatech paid $7 million to settle a deceptive marketing lawsuit in Texas based on their claims that their products could cure autism, cancer, etc. the problem is not that Carson boldly endorsed the company, since he sincerely believed it it.  The problem is that he boldly lied about his involvement without blinking. Full Video of Ben Carson endorsing Mannatech.

Ben Carson Gop Candidate
Even after video proof shows that he lied about his 10 year involvement with a corrupt company, Carson blames opponents rather than admit.
National Review called him out on "bald-faced lies" about his relationship with supplement company, Mannatech, but rather than explain the videos of his commercial endorsement of the company, Carson just blames his rivals.
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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