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March 19, 2010 10:10 am ET

GOP Lies To Watch For

As the debate over health care reform enters its final stretch, Media Matters Action Network compiled a brief memo highlighting and correcting the six most common Republican lies.

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March 05, 2010 1:43 pm ET

Republicans Skew Sen. Reid's Comments On Jobs

During a Senate floor speech on March 5, 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reacted positively to the day's news that fewer Americans than expected had lost their jobs in February.  Taking Reid's comments out of context, Republicans are falsely claiming Reid believes it is a "good thing" that 36,000 Americans lost their jobs.

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March 03, 2010 12:07 pm ET

FLASHBACK: GOP Fired Parliamentarian Who Objected To Their Use Of Reconciliation

Congressional Republicans are stepping up their efforts to portray the reconciliation process as an unprecedented threat to minority rights. However, as Democrats push forward with health care reform, it's important to remember that Republicans not only used reconciliation when they were in power, but actually took the extreme step of firing the Senate parliamentarian who objected to their use of the procedure.

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February 25, 2010 10:38 am ET

Health Care Reform Summit: The GOP "Away Team"

The GOP Summit "Away Team" will have a rocky landing at President Obama's bipartisan summit on health care reform.  These 18 members of Congress have made no secret of their staunch opposition to health care reform - no matter how much their constituents support it or how it would benefit their districts.

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February 25, 2010 10:37 am ET

Health Care Reform Summit: The GOP Away Team Has A Convenient Memory Of Reconciliation

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February 25, 2010 10:36 am ET

Health Care Summit: GOP Away Team Has Made Numerous Irresponsible Decisions Regarding America's Health

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February 12, 2010 11:45 am ET

Rep. Boehner's Health Care "Confirmation" Denied By The Truth

On February 10, 2010, in anticipation of the looming health care summit the office of Rep. John Boehner posted a blog on the GOP website titled "Confirmed: GOP Health Care Plan Meets All of President Obama's 'Core Goals' for Reform."  In reality, Rep. Boehner seems to be unaware of the truth regarding the Democratic and Republican health care reform proposals.

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January 27, 2010 10:22 pm ET

GOP Leader Asks "Where Are The Jobs?" But Forgets The Jobs Are In Legislation They Oppose

The House Minority Leader's office live-blogged President Obama's first State of the Union address.  One of their posts asked, "where are the jobs?"  However, the GOP Leader's office is obviously leading the GOP in the wrong direction since the jobs are in pieces of legislation the GOP opposes.

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January 26, 2010 3:36 pm ET

House Republicans Falsely Blame President Obama For Bush's Deficit

On January 26, 2010, House Republicans posted an item on blasting President Obama's handling of the budget deficit.  Specifically, they claim that the "record deficits are a direct result of the President's big-spending agenda." But in reality, President Bush's failed policies - which House Republicans supported -- are still playing a significant role.  In fact, the 2009 deficit was projected to exceed $1 trillion even before Obama took office.

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December 17, 2009 11:00 am ET

Sen. Coburn Sends GOP-Approved Lies To The Wall Street Journal

The evening of December 16, 2009 - the same day he tried to force a lengthy delay of a vote to fund our troops - Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  As usual, Sen. Coburn relied on GOP-approved talking points instead of anything resembling factual information.

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December 16, 2009 3:27 pm ET

House GOP Women Ignore Reality, Say Obama Presidency Will Negatively Affect Women

On December 16, 2009, House Republican women held a discussion panel to reveal how they think the Obama administration will negatively affect America's women.  Apparently, these women are against equal pay and health care for children.

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December 09, 2009 4:14 pm ET

Sen. Sessions Mixes Up "Fact" And "Fiction"

On December 8, 2009, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) published a misleading "Fact vs. Fiction" item on his website.  Keeping with the GOP's habit of manipulating the facts and resorting to standard talking points, it is unsurprising that Sessions' list is nothing more than scare tactics and false information.

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December 08, 2009 4:14 pm ET

The Facts On Senate Abortion Language

Even though Republicans are lining up on the Senate floor to argue in favor of adding strict anti-abortion language to the Senate Democratic health care reform bill, the fact remains that the Senate bill contains language ensuring federal dollars are not used for abortion, abortion coverage is not mandated, and Americans' consciences are protected.

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December 07, 2009 6:04 pm ET

The Republican Party's Medicare Hypocrisy

While Democratic health care reform proposals bolster Medicare by virtually eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse, Republicans rely on a false line of attack, insisting legislation would lead to benefit cuts.  Despite their hollow rhetoric, Republicans have a long track record of philosophically opposing Medicare and actively seeking to reduce its funding.

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November 24, 2009 9:45 am ET

RNC Hires Lobbyist Connected Alex "Father Of The Attack Ad" Castellanos

On November 23, 2009, the RNC announced the elevation of Republican media consultant Alex Castellanos to senior communications adviser.  This seems to be simply an official title for Castellanos, who has held great influence over the RNC's messaging over the years.

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November 21, 2009 2:02 pm ET

Abortion: GOP's Excuse For A "No" Vote

In the least surprising development of the Senate health care reform debate, some Republican senators are basing their opposition on the issue of abortion.  No matter how many times they say otherwise, the Senate bill ensures a separation between federal funds and abortion coverage and protects the consciences of those Americans who are morally or religiously opposed to the issue.

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November 20, 2009 10:37 am ET

GOP Leader Juggles Misinformation And Lies In Message To Public On Abortion Language In Senate Bill

In an online post and email, the office of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) grossly misinforms and flat out lies about the abortion language in the new Senate health care bill.  Unfortunately for the Republicans, the facts are against them.

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November 05, 2009 11:30 am ET

As It Turns Out, Republicans Don't Want Americans To Have Health Care After All

After months of blustering and bluffing, the Republicans have finally released their health care reform proposals.  And while the legislation costs less than the Democratic plan, the Republicans failed to write any language that would ensure coverage for more Americans, ease the financial burden for families, or even prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

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October 27, 2009 3:33 pm ET

Faced With Growing Momentum For Health Care Reform, House Republicans Scramble For Message Footing

October 27, 2009 saw a parade of Republicans taking the House floor to decry Democratic efforts at transformative health care reform.  Led by Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), the Republicans railed against the same imagined problems they've been using for months.  However, as usual, the facts don't support the Republican talking points.

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October 15, 2009 2:07 pm ET

53 House Republicans Falsely Claim Jennings Ignored The "Sexual Abuse Of A Child"

On October 15, 2009, Rep. Steve King and 52 of his fellow House Republicans sent a letter to President Obama accusing the head of the Department of Education's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools of looking "overlook[ing] sexual abuse." That is a lie. In fact, various organizations, including Media Matters and CNN, debunked this exact claim nearly two weeks earlier.

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September 28, 2009 12:21 pm ET

RNC "Dictionary" Ad Is Missing Some Pages

On September 28, 2009, the RNC announced the release of a new ad titled "Dictionary" that attacked the financial portion of Democratic health care reform proposals.  However, the ad leaves out some critical, factual information that negates the argument.

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September 03, 2009 5:12 pm ET

Look At How Many Republicans Support Reconciliation!

As the debate over health insurance reform continues, it is becoming evident that the issue of reconciliation will be discussed soon.  Anticipating that Republicans will continue to argue against it, Media Matters Action Network has compiled a few quotes and votes of Republicans openly supporting the reconciliation process.

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August 26, 2009 12:12 pm ET

New RNC "Research" Conducts An Experiment On The Public's Tolerance For Misleading Information

On August 25, 2009, the RNC released a new "research" document titled "Obama's Experiment On...Seniors With Medicare."  In reality, the RNC is conducting an experiment on how many misleading "research" points they can slip past the American public.

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August 25, 2009 4:09 pm ET

GOP Distortion Alert: Rep. Boehner's Office Is Getting Good At Misleading The American Public On Choice

In its August 25, 2009 "GOP Leader Alert," the House Minority Leader's office sent out a misleading missive on the provisions regarding abortion in H.R. 3200.  The piece is one distortion after another, all capped off by an outright lie about the House bill's language regarding abortion.

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August 24, 2009 10:51 am ET

RNC Chairman Steele's Op-Ed Attempts To Distract Seniors From The Truth

On August 24, 2009, RNC Chairman Michael Steele wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post regarding seniors' health care and outlining the GOP's "Seniors Health Care Bill of Rights."  However, instead of offering real solutions or finally agreeing to cooperate with Democrats, Steele's piece spreads falsehoods and misinformation with the goal of derailing efforts to help America's senior citizens.

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August 20, 2009 4:49 pm ET

New GOP "Research" Pits Doctors Against Democrats

In an August 20, 2009 "research" document titled "Obama's Experiment On...Doctors," the RNC attempts to portray Democratic efforts at health insurance reform as damaging to American doctors.  However, just like other "research" published by the RNC, the information is misleading and deceptive.

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August 19, 2009 1:56 pm ET

Republicans Killed Bipartisanship

On August 19, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner released a statement attempting to blame Democrats for the lack of bipartisanship in the health care debate.  In reality, Republicans in Congress have put forth every effort to poison the Democratic attempts at reforming our broken health care system.

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August 18, 2009 3:50 pm ET

RNC Recycles False Talking Points On Co-Ops

On August 17, 2009, the RNC released a "research" document that regurgitates the GOP's "government-run" scare tactics and outlines the ways in which a possible co-op system would be just another form of government-run health care.  However, in the usual vein of RNC "research," their support is misquoted, taken out of context, or altogether incorrect.

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July 29, 2009 3:09 pm ET

RNC Falsely Implies Candidate Is Avoiding President Obama

The RNC tries and fails to paint a picture of the candidates avoiding appearances with Barack Obama.

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July 28, 2009 2:34 pm ET

RNC "Research" Tries To Portray Democrats As Encouraging Euthanasia

On July 28, 2009, the RNC released a research document titled, "What 2 Watch 4: Obama Vs. Seniors," that asserts "Obama's Government-Run Health Care Experiment Will Be Devastating For Seniors."  However, like other recent GOP assertions that the Democrats' plan to reform health insurance will hurt America's seniors, this document is grossly misleading.

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