Sunday, May 14, 2017

EXPOSED BY FACT-CHECKERS: Democrats' Multiple Lies About Health Care

Fact-checkers are exposing lie after lie that Democrats are telling the American people on health care. A quick recap of the latest:

The Washington Post: Kamala D. Harris's claim that 129 million people with preexisting conditions 'could be denied coverage' "We initially rated this claim as Three Pinocchios. Considering the totality of Harris's statement, claiming that as many as 129 million could be denied coverage, we are changing the rating on this fact check to Four Pinocchios."

The Washington Post: Despite critics' claims, the GOP health bill doesn't classify rape or sexual assault as a preexisting condition "The notion that AHCA classifies rape or sexual assault as a preexisting condition, or that survivors would be denied coverage, is false." Schumer…wrong to say 'the bill goes back to the day when insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions.' "Sen. Schumer, meanwhile, was wrong to say, as he did on the Senate floor April 28, that the bill goes "back to the day when insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions." Insurers would still be required to offer plans to anyone regardless of preexisting conditions, although they could in some circumstances charge higher premiums based on health status."

 "Sen. Schumer, meanwhile, was wrong to say… 'insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions.'"

The New York Times: Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, said the Affordable Care Act insured 17 million children with pre-existing conditions. "This is misleading. Ms. Pelosi's office cited a 2011 Department of Health and Human Services report, but the 17 million figure is the upper limit of the department's estimates. The report's lower figure, four million, is a fraction of that, and most of those children already had coverage before the Affordable Care Act."

 "This is misleading."

PolitiFact: Calif. Democrat repeats misleading claim rape a pre-existing condition under GOP bill. "Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu of Los Angeles County repeated a deceptive claim about the GOP health care bill last week after it narrowly passed the U.S. House… But the headlines that say the GOP bill makes sexual assault a pre-existing condition are hyperbolic based on the what the bill actually says. They stoke fears that the bill singles out victims of sexual assault, limiting their access to health care specifically."

The New York Times: Representative Frank Pallone Jr., Democrat of New Jersey, criticized the bill as hurting 129 million people with pre-existing conditions. "This is misleading. … Most people with pre-existing conditions also have insurance through their employers (as many as 82 million, according to the same health and human services report), and would not be directly affected by the bill's changes to pre-existing conditions. Others were covered through public options such as Medicaid, so Mr. Pallone's and Ms. Pelosi's claims are 'baffling,' [health economist Joseph Antos] said."

 "This is misleading."

PolitiFact: Sexual assault, domestic violence themselves are not pre-existing conditions under GOP health bill. "'Under 'Trumpcare,'' U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin declared in a May 4, 2017 news release, 'being a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault could be considered pre-existing conditions.' … Moore's claim goes too far. Simply being a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault would not mean a person had a pre-existing condition."

Complied by the Republican National Committee

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