September 11th, 2009
12:16 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Does the reform bill create 53 new bureaucracies?

The Statement:

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Louisana, said in his response to President Barack Obama's address that he "read the bill Democrats passed through committee in July" and it "creates 53 new government bureaucracies."

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Filed under: Health care fact check
September 10th, 2009
01:59 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Does health reform prohibit federal funding of abortion?


The Statement:

President Obama said in a September 9 address to a joint session of Congress
that "Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions."

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Filed under: Health care fact check
September 10th, 2009
11:24 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Will health bill pay for illegal immigrants?


The statement:

Complaints that those in the United States illegally would get benefits under the health-care bill now before the House of Representatives have been a staple of the raucous public meetings some members of Congress have been hosting during their August break. At least two people raised the issue at a forum held by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, on August 12, and Cardin's insistence that "Illegal aliens will not be in this bill - period - the end" was met with a round of jeers.

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September 9th, 2009
11:03 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Keep your plan under Obama's proposal?

The Statement:

"If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have," President Barack Obama said during his September 9 address to Congress.

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Filed under: Health care fact check
September 9th, 2009
10:27 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Do the insured pay a $1,000 'hidden tax' to pay for uninsured?

The Statement:

President Barack Obama said in his September 9 address to a joint session of Congress that "those of us with health insurance are also paying a hidden and growing tax for those without it - about $1,000 per year that pays for somebody else's emergency room and charitable care."

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Filed under: Health care fact check
August 27th, 2009
01:32 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Will health bill pay for illegal immigrants? An update

The statement:

Complaints that those in the United States illegally would get benefits under the health-care bill now before the House of Representatives have been a staple of the raucous public meetings some members of Congress have been hosting during their August break. At least two people raised the issue at a forum held by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, on August 12, and Cardin's insistence that "Illegal aliens will not be in this bill - period - the end" was met with a round of jeers.

Facts and the Truth Squad verdict after the jump:

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Filed under: Health care • Health care fact check
August 25th, 2009
10:27 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Will Medicare be cut a half-trillion dollars?


The Statement: The Obama administration's revamp of the U.S. health-care system will require $500 billion in cuts in Medicare, the federal health program that now covers Americans over 65. The claim is now a cornerstone of Republican efforts to resist the administration's plans, with GOP chief Michael Steele vowing in a Washington Post opinion piece to defend Medicare from cuts.

(Get the facts and verdict after the jump.)

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August 21st, 2009
04:49 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Will health-care reform start right away?

The Statement: A citizen asked U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Arkansas, at an August 14 town meeting in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, "How soon can you do something about our health care that has to be fixed? ... When will this take place? When will this reform take place? Do you have a goal in mind?"

(Get the facts and the verdict after the jump)

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August 20th, 2009
09:49 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: The uninsured - 46 million or 8 million?


The Statement: The number of people unable to get health insurance in the United States is only about 8 million, far lower than the total of 46 million that the Census Bureau says lack health insurance. Several people at congressional town hall meetings have cited the figure to argue that the sweeping congressional proposals to expand health coverage are unnecessary.

(Get the facts and the verdict after the jump)

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August 19th, 2009
03:29 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Truth Squad: Will reform plan mandate prices for doctors' services?

(CNN)–The statement: Cindy of Covington, Georgia, asked CNN: "Why doesn't the government make mandatory prices for doctors and their services? That is the problem! They all charge outrageous prices and they vary from place to place. Will that change under the new plan?"

The facts: President Barack Obama and health reformers in Congress are trying to influence how prices get set by creating a government-run public insurance option that would compete with private plans in a so-called Health Insurance Exchange. They say private doctors, private hospitals, and private insurers will be free to set their own prices.

The public insurance option would be a government-funded, government-run health care program similar to Medicare - the government health insurance program for people age 65 and older - and doctor participation in the plan would be voluntary.

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