A TV ad from GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis says that a recent attack ad about him from the Senate Majority PAC is “false.” We don’t think so.
The Tillis campaign’s response ad says, “Seen those ads attacking Thom Tillis? They’re false. Tillis fired the staffers.” That’s a reference to an ad from the liberal Senate Majority PAC that says two of Tillis’ former top aides had inappropriate relationships with lobbyists, later “resigned” and then were “rewarded” with “taxpayer-paid bonuses.”
Based on news reports, we think the Democratic super PAC’s account is accurate.
Sen. Rand Paul claimed that 20 million jobs were created after President Ronald Reagan’s dramatic tax cuts in the 1980s, and that this was the “last time” such job growth took place. Paul is wrong on both counts.
Click on the link for more about “Rand Paul’s Supply-side Distortion.”
A viral email claims Democrats increased federal income tax rates in 2014 under Obamacare. That’s false. Read about that and the email’s other “False Tax Claims” in our latest Ask FactCheck response.
The ads about #Obamacare just keep on coming. So we looked at several of the most recent ones and found that many of them use the same misleading talking points about the Affordable Care Act.
To read about the repeat claims, see: “Obamacare Ad Onslaught.”
Our latest update shows corporations and stockholders still prospering under Barack Obama’s presidency, while the economy steadily adds more jobs and millions sign up for health insurance under Obamacare.
But wages remain stagnant for those who have jobs, and there are still 3.7 million who have been jobless for six months or more.
U.S. oil production is booming and dependence on oil imports is plunging. But the national debt has now almost exactly doubled under this president, and historically large deficits continue.
For more, read “Obama’s Numbers (April 2014 Update)”
The candidates in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi are fighting over the incumbent’s record on abortion.
Sen. Thad Cochran claims that he has a “100 percent pro-life voting record from National Right to Life.” And Chris McDaniel’s campaign says Cochran has supported “taxpayer funding for abortions.” But both candidates are stretching the facts.
To read the full story, see “Abortion Distortion in Mississippi Primary.”
Did you hear the story about President Obama and the fry cook? House Majority Leader Eric Cantor did, but he got it wrong.
Full disclosure: This has nothing to do with SpongeBob.
Americans for Prosperity’s latest anecdotal TV ad attacking the Affordable Care Act features a Michigan mom who says her family’s “new plan is not affordable at all” and that the law is “destroying the middle class.” In fact, her case is an example of how middle-class families can benefit from the law — if they choose to do so.
The ad, which features Shannon Wendt of Michigan, leaves the false impression that the family obtained its costly new insurance plan through the federal exchange set up by the new law. But that’s not the case. The family’s “new plan” is a temporary plan that does not meet the ACA requirements. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offered the plan to customers who had their old policies canceled but did not want to purchase insurance on the exchange. It turns out that Wendt found a cheaper, subsidized plan on the exchange, but declined to accept it because she did not want her children on the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
New to Ask FactCheck:
Q: Does the Affordable Care Act require Medicare beneficiaries over age 75 to be admitted to the hospital by their primary care physician?
A. No. There is no such requirement in the law.
Full answer available here: “A False Claim of a Medicare Change.”
Mitt Romney said he couldn’t think of a single “major country” that “has greater respect and admiration for America today than it did five years ago when Barack Obama became president.” Although America’s stature worldwide slipped last year, its favorability was still much higher than during the last year of the George W. Bush administration, including in major countries such as France, Germany and Japan, according to the latest polls from the Pew Research Center.