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March 08, 2010 1:56 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Sticks To False GOP Health Care Talking Points

Responding to the president's remarks on March 8, 2010, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) repeated multiple debunked claims about Democrats' health care reform legislation.  In reality, the plan would rein in insurance company abuses, lower costs, and create up to 4 million American jobs.

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March 03, 2010 5:03 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Falsely Claims Health Care Reform Is "An Out-And-Out Job Killer"

On March 3, 2010, House Minority Leader John Boehner issued a statement in which he called health care reform "an out-and-out job killer." In reality, reduced health care costs resulting from the legislation's passage would create up to 4 million jobs over the next ten years.

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March 01, 2010 1:28 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Wrongly Claims Health Care Reform Will Kill Jobs

On March 1, 2010, the office of House Minority Leader John Boehner sent a "GOP Leader Alert" wrongly claiming health care reform is killing jobs.  In reality, reduced health care costs resulting from the legislation's passage would create up to 4 million American jobs over the next ten years.

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February 25, 2010 3:16 pm ET

Even Before Summit, Republicans Declared It A Failure

Today the president is hosting a bipartisan, bicameral health care summit at the Blair House in hopes of finding the common ground between Republicans and Democrats.  Yet even before the summit had started, Republicans were publicly deriding it as a useless photo-op.

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February 11, 2010 1:20 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Misleads Constituents On Clean Energy

In a February 10, 2010 column in Ohio's Brewton Standard, House Minority Leader John Boehner repeated a slew of debunked attacks on President Obama's 2010 budget proposal.  Especially misleading were Boehner's false claims about the effects of clean energy legislation

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February 09, 2010 9:39 am ET

Reps. Boehner & Cantor Falsely Claim Health Care Bills Would Kill Jobs

On February 8, 2010, House Minority Leader John Boehner and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor wrote a letter to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel falsely claiming current health care reform legislation would kill jobs. In reality, the bills in front of Congress could create up to 400,000 jobs.

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February 01, 2010 10:07 am ET

Fact Checking the Sunday Shows - January 31, 2010

On Sunday, January 31, 2010, it was abundantly clear what the Republicans' talking points were.  On Sunday show after Sunday show, the Republican guests repeated falsehoods about Democrats' actions to tackle the recession.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. John Thune (R-SD), were the worst offenders, repeatedly spreading falsehoods about the economy, jobs, the deficit, and health care.

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January 28, 2010 3:26 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Falsely Claims Republicans' Health Care Plan Meets Obama's Objectives

On January 28, 2010, House Minority Leader John Boehner falsely claimed the Republican health care "plan" met Obama's objectives: "bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses." In reality, the GOP proposal doesn't cover the uninsured or stop insurance company abuses, and it reduces the deficit $36 billion less than the Democratic proposal.

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December 04, 2009 10:33 am ET

Rep. Boehner Repeats Debunked Myth That Health Reform Will Destroy Jobs

In a December 4, 2009 column in the Morning Call, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) falsely stated that health care reform will cause 5.5 million jobs to be lost.  However, Boehner's claim relies on faulty math that has already been proven wrong.

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November 21, 2009 3:29 pm ET

PolitiFact Smacks Down Rep. Boehner's "Abortion Premium" Claim

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November 10, 2009 11:55 am ET

Rob Portman's Rhetoric On The Budget Rings Hollow

On his website, former Republican congressman and Bush White House budget director Rob Portman states, "I understand that reducing deficits through pro-growth policies and keeping federal spending under control are the cornerstones of fiscal responsibility." However, a quick glance at Portman's record reveals that his rhetoric is not to be believed.

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October 31, 2009 3:50 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Falsely Claims Republicans Have Been "Ready To Work" With Democrats On Health Care

During the weekly Republican address airing on October 31, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner tried to convince Americans that the GOP had been "ready to work" with Democrats "whenever possible," including on health care. That is far from the case.

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October 01, 2009 3:51 pm ET

Rep. Boehner: "I've Not Talked To One" American Who Supports The Public Option

On October 1, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) claimed that he hasn't found a single American outside of Congress who supports a public health insurance option.  In fact, 65 % of Americans and 57% of Ohioans support "giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans."

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September 22, 2009 2:58 pm ET

Once Again, Rep. Boehner Repeated False Cap-And-Trade Cost Estimate

Responding to President Obama's climate change speech on September 22, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner cited a cap-and-trade cost estimate snatched from documents analyzing a cost-estimate of an out-dated, abandoned cap-and-trade plan that immediately auctioned 100% of carbon allowances.  The American Clean Energy and Security Act does not do this.  In order to contain costs, the bill initially awards allowances for free, rendering CEI's revelation meaningless.  In reality, the American Clean Energy and Security Act would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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September 18, 2009 10:27 am ET

Rep. Boehner Repeated False Cap-And-Trade Cost Estimate

During a September 17, 2009 appearance on PBS's NewsHour, House Minority Leader John Boehner cited a cap-and-trade cost estimate snatched from a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute.  The documents included a cost-estimate of an out-dated, abandoned cap-and-trade plan that immediately auctioned 100% of carbon allowances.  The American Clean Energy and Security Act does not do this.  In order to contain costs, the bill initially awards allowances for free, rendering CEI's revelation meaningless.

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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 13, 2009 9:54 am ET

Rep. Boehner Falsely States Reps. Pelosi & Hoyer Called Dissent Un-American

On August 13, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner falsely claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called their opposition "un-American." In reality, Pelosi and Hoyer were criticizing those on the right who relied on disrupting town hall meetings and "drowning out" those with opposing views.

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July 13, 2009 10:23 am ET

Rep. Latta Goes Local With False Cap-And-Trade Talking Points

On July 11, 2009, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) wrote a column in the Toledo Blade titled "Energy Plan To Cost More Jobs." In the column, Rep. Latta falsely claimed the American Clean Energy and Security Act would lead to "unprecedented" job losses and severely rising energy costs.  However, the Democrats' cap-and-trade plan would actually create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for the price of a postage stamp per day.

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July 09, 2009 5:11 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Launches Another False Attack On "Pelosi's Mouse"

Reviving a months-old Republican attack on "Pelosi's mouse," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today decried that $16.1 million in stimulus funds were recently allocated for two wetlands restoration projects in San Francisco, CA.  "Speaker Pelosi must be so proud," he said.  However, while the projects were awarded funding by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, they were NOT in the stimulus bill and were never Pelosi's idea in the first place.

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July 07, 2009 11:33 am ET

Rep. Boehner Misrepresents Insurance Company-Funded Study

On July 6, 2009 House Minority Leader John Boehner's office posted a "Leader Alert" that misrepresented the results of a health care study conducted by the insurance company-funded Lewin Group.

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June 30, 2009 11:18 am ET

Rep. Boehner Repeats False Cap-And-Trade Cost Estimate

Despite Rep. John Boehner's (R-OH) stalling, the House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act last week.  Rep. Boehner, however, seems unable to let go.  On June 29, 2009, Rep. Boehner sent an email to supporters in which he repeated the false claim that the Democrats' cap-and-trade bill could cost families $3,000 per year.

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June 25, 2009 10:00 am ET

Top Republicans Have Close Ties To Big Oil & Utility Companies

As the vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act draws near, Republicans in the House are sure to fight it tooth and nail.  However, examining their close ties to the oil, gas and electric utility industries raises the question: "Whose side are they on?"

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June 23, 2009 10:32 am ET

Rep. Boehner's Washington Examiner Op-Ed Is Full Of Falsehoods

In a Washington Examiner op-ed on June 23, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner used false statistics and half-truths to perpetuate worn-out Republican talking points. In 650 short words, Rep. Boehner managed to misrepresent the economic stimulus, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and the debate surrounding health care reform.

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June 19, 2009 4:48 pm ET

Boehner vs. Reality: Iran

In a June 19, 2009 release, Rep. John Boehner criticized President Obama's response to the Iranian protests.  However - the Iranian protesters, foreign policy experts, and Henry Kissinger support President Obama's stance on the ongoing unrest in Iran.

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June 19, 2009 2:03 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Posts Video Filled With Falsehoods

On June 19, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner posted a video in which he repeated numerous falsehoods regarding ACORN, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and his own view towards the AIG bonuses.

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June 18, 2009 4:55 pm ET

Rep. Boehner's Blog Is Full Of Falsehoods On The American Clean Energy And Security Act

On June 18, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner's "GOP Leader Blog" featured numerous falsehoods regarding the economic impact of the American Clean Energy And Security Act.  In reality, investments in clean-energy technologies will generate economic growth in Rep. Boehner's Ohio and across the country.

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June 18, 2009 11:39 am ET

Rep. Boehner Changes Positions On The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

In a little-noticed press release issued on June 15, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner praised federally-funded stimulus projects by predicting they would "create much-needed jobs."

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June 16, 2009 10:43 am ET

Rep. Latta Echoing Failed Policies Of President Bush

On June 15, 2009, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) wrote an op-ed in The Hill in which he echoed the failed energy policies of President Bush.

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June 11, 2009 4:46 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Regurgitates Luntz Talking Points

On June 11, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner issued a press release criticizing a Democratic proposal to create a public option for health care.  As he so often does, Rep. Boehner relied wholly on talking points created by insurance industry-funded pollster Frank Luntz.

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June 10, 2009 4:36 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Spouts False Statistics, Re-Packages Bush's Energy Plan

On June 10, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner repeated the debunked claim that the American Clean Energy and Security Act would raise energy costs by $3,100.

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