Fact Checks

It’s a myth the ACA makes men buy coverage for pap tests?

“Myth: Obamacare makes men buy coverage for pregnancy, pap smears, mammograms, and other services that are for women.” —The Democratic National Committee, January 2014 on its “Your Republican Uncle” website   Overview Your Republican uncle is right.  It’s no myth. The Facts Zebra Fact Check continues its series on the Democratic National Committee’s “Your Republican Uncle” website with the DNC’s…
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Free contraception won’t encourage promiscuity?

“Myth: Covering contraception under Obamacare will give college students free reign [sic] to be promiscuous.” —The Democratic National Committee, January 2014 on its “Your Republican Uncle” website   Overview The DNC grasps at straws instead of giving supporting evidence for its claim. The Facts We continue to check items from the Democratic National Committee’s “Your Republican Uncle” website with the…
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7 million thanks to Obamacare?

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 7 million Americans have signed up for private health coverage.” —the White House, April 2014 on the whitehouse.gov website   Overview The White House generously doles out undeserved credit to itself. The Facts The White House website has a menu option for exploring the administration’s stance on issues.  Clicking the “Health Care”…
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Minimum wage increase not for teenagers and flunkies?

“Myth:  Raising the minimum wage is for flunkies and teenagers.” —The Democratic National Committee, ~Jan. 2014 on its “Your Republican Uncle” website   Overview The DNC’s “Your Republican Uncle” website produces yet another garbled and misleading myth claim. The Facts The Democratic National Committee sponsors a website called “Your Republican Uncle.”  The DNC intends the site to offer rebuttals to common…
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Zombie apocalypse plan? PunditFact vs. Palin

Zombie Apocalypse dispute

“Palin wrote on Facebook, “As unbelievable as it sounds, your tax dollars are funding the federal government’s Zombie Apocalypse Plan. I kid you not.” … Palin’s claim is False.” —PunditFact, from a May 28, 2014 fact check of Sarah Palin     Overview PunditFact’s ruling hints it used zombie-like research methods to fact-check Palin, followed by zombie-like stubbornness in refusing…
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The DNC muddles wage gap issue

“Myth: Women don’t really make less money than men in the workplace, they just make different choices.” —The Democratic National Committee, ~Jan. 2014 on its “Your Republican Uncle” website   Overview Women clearly affect their incomes through their job choices.  It’s less clear women make less money than men for doing the same job.  The DNC apparently wants people to…
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Paying more, getting less with Obamacare? PolitiFact says no

“Most people on the individual market 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.” —PolitiFact, from a March 20, 2014 fact check of an Americans for Prosperity ad.   Overview Is “Fact Checkers for Mendacity” the answer to Americans For Prosperity? The Facts The political…
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A Kodad ad Glennocchio for Kessler

“The ad certainly leaves the impression (Andrea) Kodad had to give up her plan. Given the circumstances, her tale of woe from November seems rather out of date.” —Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post Fact Checker, in a column from May 7, 2014   Overview The Washington Post Fact Checker fails to offer charitable interpretation to an Obamacare attack ad, with…
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DNC: It’s a myth Obamacare only adds to the deficit

“Myth:  Obamacare only adds to the deficit, and it’s going to bankrupt this country.” —Democratic National Committee, Nov. 27, 2013, on its “Your Republican Uncle” website   Overview Obamacare raises revenue, increases spending and decreases projected spending on net.  The increased spending adds to the deficit, meaning that the revenue increase and the reductions in projected spending have a relatively…
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