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September 15, 2011 2:14 pm ET filed under Blog

House Republicans Attempt To Roll Back Consumer Protections In Health Care Reform

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September 13, 2011 12:45 pm ET filed under Blog

New Census Data Shows Insurance Rates For Young Adults Increased

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September 12, 2011 9:41 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Bachmann Invents Unilateral Obama Order Mandating Free 'Morning After Abortion Pills'

From the September 12, 2011, CNN/Tea Party Republican primary debate:

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September 12, 2011 8:32 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Bachmann: "Obama Stole Over $500 Billion Out Of Medicare To Switch It Over To Obamacare"

From the September 12, 2011, CNN/Tea Party Republican primary debate:

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September 09, 2011 9:35 am ET filed under Fact Check

Grace-Marie Turner Distorts Data About Health Care Law's Impact On Job Creation

Last week, Grace-Marie Turner, founder and president of the conservative Galen Institute, penned an op-ed in which she claimed that repealing the health care law would create jobs. She backs this claim up by twisting statistics from anti-health care reform groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Foundation and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) to fit her goal of proving that the law is discouraging hiring and increasing job losses. But the fact remains that despite the often repeated claim that "the health law is killing jobs," health care employment has grown over the past year and repealing the law would actually reduce employment.

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September 07, 2011 9:00 pm ET filed under Video

Bachmann: The CBO Says "Obamacare" Is Killing Jobs For Kids

From the September 7, 2011, GOP Reagan presidential debate on MSNBC:

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August 26, 2011 2:58 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Perry Supports Block Granting Medicaid To The Detriment Of Vulnerable Texans

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August 25, 2011 9:16 am ET filed under Blog

If Medicare "Weakened Us As A People," Why Does Sen. Rubio Want To "Save" It?

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August 23, 2011 3:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Guinta "Not Familiar" With Right-Wing Group Spending Big Money In NH

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August 23, 2011 10:46 am ET filed under Blog

CoburnCare: Pay More, Get Less

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August 19, 2011 4:15 pm ET filed under Blog

Herman Cain: Under "Obamacare," "I'd Be Dead"

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August 12, 2011 5:16 pm ET filed under Blog

Conservative Maine Groups Jump On The James O'Keefe Bandwagon

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August 11, 2011 10:06 am ET filed under Blog

Romney: "Entitlement Mentality" Could Lead To London-Like Riots In U.S.

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August 10, 2011 4:01 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Issa Answers Palin's Call, Pushes Discredited Pelosi Waiver Controversy

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August 08, 2011 9:46 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 7, 2011

The highlight of yesterday's Sunday political talk shows was Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) deceptive performance on Fox. Ryan misled on a range of topics, from the causes of the S&P downgrade of U.S. debt, to the drivers of that debt, to President Obama's policy positions, to the reasons businesses aren't expanding today, with plenty of stops in between. By comparison, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) dishonesty about Afghanistan and Social Security, Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) bogus economic statistics, and Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-AL) deceit on deficits under President Bush and Democrats' willingness to cut spending were barely even blips on the radar.

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August 03, 2011 12:18 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. McConnell Promises Super Committee Will "Focus On Entitlements"

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August 03, 2011 12:17 pm ET filed under Fact Check

After Passing Debt Deal, Sen. McConnell Returns To Bunk Social Security, Medicare Talking Points

Last night on Fox News' On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — fresh off avoiding government default — took the opportunity to return to familiar and incorrect talking points about Medicare and Social Security. After repeating his previously debunked claim that the Affordable Care Act cut "Medicare by half a trillion dollars," he then claimed that Medicare would be insolvent in five years, with Social Security following soon after. Both programs, however, will be solvent for far longer than five years, and in the case of Medicare, the Affordable Care Act is partially responsible for extending solvency.

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August 02, 2011 10:30 am ET filed under Fact Check

Op-Eds From Reps. Ryan And Pitts Filled With Health Care Lies

As a deal on the debt crisis was being reached, Reps. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) refocused their energy on lying about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and distorting its impact on job creators, seniors and economy. In Politico op-eds, the congressmen attacked the health care waivers granted, cited the debunked McKinsey study as proof of the ACA's supposed negative impact on hiring, and condemned the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) for harming seniors by denying care. Rep. Ryan also rehashed the tired claim that the ACA cut $500 billion from Medicare and falsely asserted the ACA has "weakened our economy and accelerated out-of-control government spending" while touting his "Path to Prosperity" budget plan that would end Medicare as we know it.

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August 01, 2011 4:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Bachmann Campaign Manager Jokes That Rick Perry "Ought To Stay In Texas"

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July 29, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Only Wants To Fund Graduate Medical Education If It's Not In The Health Care Law

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July 28, 2011 11:30 am ET filed under Blog

Oversight Committee Invites Meat Mogul Donor To Testify About Health Care Plan

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July 27, 2011 9:06 am ET filed under Blog

NFIB Health Care Report: McKinsey Part II

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July 25, 2011 10:20 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 24, 2011

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July 25, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 24, 2011

This week's Sunday shows were largely about the struggle to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. On Fox News Sunday, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) blamed Obama's policies for "out of control" spending without noting that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the recession, and the Bush tax cuts are the primary drivers of debt and deficits. He also touted the deeply problematic balanced budget amendment. On CNN, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) claimed that the House-passed GOP budget eliminated all corporate loopholes when it really secures tax breaks for big oil, all while necessitating a middle-class tax hike. Price also minimized the very serious effects of the checks that won't get paid out if the debt limit isn't raised by August 2nd. Later, Tim Pawlenty falsely claimed that President Obama is responsible for tripling deficits within his term. On Face the Nation, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) wrongly said that spending alone is the problem driving deficits. Finally, on Meet the Press, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) justified the GOP's efforts to obstruct debt ceiling negotiations by distorting credit rating agencies' warnings, and then blamed Democrats for the GOP-driven politicization of a Federal Aviation Administration funding bill.

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July 22, 2011 10:59 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. Hutchison: The Affordable Care Act Is The "Biggest" Reason "Why People Aren't Hiring"

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July 22, 2011 10:53 am ET filed under Fact Check

Sen. Hutchison Falsely Claims The Affordable Care Act Is "Why People Aren't Hiring"

This morning on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) told host Chuck Todd that the she would favor any debt ceiling bargain that would curb the Affordable Care Act because "That's why people aren't hiring" and "the biggest thing that is hurting our economy right now." In fact, economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal and members of a right-leaning business association agree that the main reason for tempered hiring is uncertainty due to weak demand, not government policies.

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July 20, 2011 9:26 am ET filed under Blog

Institute Of Medicine Recommends Contraceptives Be Considered Preventive Services Under Health Care Law

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July 14, 2011 2:23 pm ET filed under Blog

Gingrey Fails In Attempt To "Accurately" Describe Difference Between "Premium Support" And "Voucher"

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July 13, 2011 5:44 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Burgess: Health Care Law "Was Not About Health Care...It's About Control"

In today's Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) engaged one of the witnesses in a relatively calm discussion about repealing the SGR (the Medicare payment formula for physicians) and repealing IPAB. However, towards the end, Burgess began angrily waving what appeared to be the printed version of the Affordable Care Act and claimed that the health care law was never really about health care but instead it was "a tax bill" and "about control." Burgess then raised the old specter of "death panels" by saying that administration "want[s] to control what you do...and they want to be able to tell [doctors] when to stop. Don't do anymore. That patient's had enough."

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July 13, 2011 9:35 am ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Price Cites "Little Trust" Of IPAB — Which Is More Trusted Than Congress Or Private Insurance Companies

In yesterday's House Budget Committee hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) started his questioning of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius by citing "little trust" among the public for the federal government. However, recent polling shows that the public would trust "an independent panel of full-time experts appointed by the president" — like IPAB — far more than Congress to make decisions about reducing Medicare spending. In fact, the poll also shows that the public trusts Congress about the same as it trusts profit-seeking private insurance companies. That's not too good for Rep. Price.

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