Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas says he’s running against Sen. John Cornyn in the state’s 2014 primary because the incumbent is a backstabbing “liberal” who only votes with Republicans “temporarily” when an election approaches. But Cornyn’s voting record shows otherwise.
For the full story, read “How ‘Liberal’ Is Sen. Cornyn?”
Those of us who follow fact-checking sites like FactCheck.org or PolitiFact.org always have known that the president’s promise that we could keep our health care plan if we liked it wasn’t entirely true.
House Speaker John Boehner says his premiums will double, and his deductible will triple, under the Affordable Care Act.That’s true, but it is misleading to compare Boehner with the “many Americans seeing their costs go up,” as his spokesman Brendan Buck has put it.
See our story “Boehner vs. Castro on the Exchange,” to see how Boehner’s costs compare to those of Texas Rep. Joacquin Castro.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rick Santorum said “the Obama bill set prices at such levels” that doctors and hospitals refuse to join exchange plans. He’s wrong. The insurance companies set the prices, not the Affordable Care Act.
Read our article, “ACA Doesn’t ‘Set Prices’ on Exchanges.”
Rep. Eric Cantor says this document shows an Obama administration official described HealthCare.gov’s “security problems” as “‘limitless’ prior to the website’s launch.”
But the full document shows that the official actually deemed the security risk “acceptable” to operate. The security warning involved parts of the website not yet in operation and in need of “corrective action” by May 2014.
Read our article “Eric Cantor’s Security Scare.”
Is Social Security bankrupt?
Social Security in FY2013 paid out more in benefits than it received in tax revenues by about $79 billion, as it has every year since 2010, according to the SSA’s 2013 annual report.
But, technically, the Social Security trust funds have about $2.7 trillion in “special issues” of the U.S. Treasury, and the funds earn interest. Social Security can redeem these “special issues” to finance its operations, as it has done since 2010.
For more about how Social Security works you can read this article we did in 2010 called “Democrats Deny Social Security’s Red Ink.”
The so-called window shopping feature on HealthCare.gov has been improved and, to an extent, so has the accuracy of the site’s estimated monthly premiums.
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Take this week’s FactCheck Quiz. The questions:
- What advice did Consumer Reports give consumers looking to purchase individual health insurance through HealthCare.gov?
- Who holds the largest share of the total U.S. debt?
- What restrictions, if any, does the Affordable Care Act place on the ability of insurance companies to set rates based on age?