Conservative Lies

Repeated Lies

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  • Fox News and other conservative media outlets claim that President Obama takes too much vacation and takes more days off than his most recent predecessors. In actuality, President Obama has taken far fewer vacation days than any recent President.
  • Republicans are claiming that President Obama has said the terrorist threat in America is 'gone.' In fact, President Obama has never once claimed that the terrorist threat is gone and has actually spoken more about the rising threat of terrorism from Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
  • President Obama's critics are claiming that the Census Bureau has changed its annual survey's questions to determine the amount of individuals who have health care coverage so the Obama Administration will be able to report that more American's have health coverage than actually do. The truth of the matter is that the new questions were developed during the Bush Administration, well before Obamacare became law, and are intended to provide a more accurate number of the amount of individuals who have health insurance coverage.
  • Republicans are falsely claiming the Affordable Care Act has forced upwards of 75 percent of small business owners to fire employees or to cut their hours so they won't have to pay for health insurance coverage. In actuality, only 17 percent of businesses have notified their employees that there will be layoffs or their hours will be cut.
  • The NRA and other pro gun advocates are falsely claiming that the application for Medicare asks individuals to disclose how many guns they own so they can make a gun registry. The fact of the matter is that there is no question on Medicare's application which asks about gun ownership and there never has been.
  • Conservatives are claiming that President Obama has closed down the American embassy in the Vatican. In actuality, there are no embassies from any country within the Vatican, because the county is too small. The Obama Administration has decided to move out of our current embassy in Rome and relocate to the same compound as the American embassy to Italy. It will be located in a separate building within the compound and will have its own separate entrance.
  • Republicans are up in arms after President Obama didn't say "under God" while participating in a taping of the Gettysburg Address for filmmaker Ken Burns. In actuality, the original version of the Gettysburg Address did not contain those words and President Obama was reading from the copy that Mr. Burns provided for the President to read.
  • Many Republican states have claimed they rejected Medicaid expansion because it would have bankrupted their state. In actuality, multiple independent economic experts insist that expanding Medicaid will be very favorable to the states because of the out sized role the Federal Government plays and also the savings that states will realize by not using other vital resources on their uninsured citizens.
  • Many Republicans claim that Medicaid doesn't provide quality health coverage. The truth of the matter is that Medicaid has improved the lives and provided quality coverage to millions of citizens. States that have expanded Medicaid have documented lower costs because individuals that would have typically gone to the emergency room for routine care now go to their physician, which costs much less.
  • Right wing media personalities are claiming that there is a provision in the Affordable Care Act that bars doctors from accepting patients that purchased health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. There is nothing in the law that bars any doctors from doing this and actually mandates the exact opposite.
  • Conservatives are claiming that doctors will turn away new Medicaid patients, making it difficult for these new patients to receive medical care. The truth of the matter is that Obamacare address physicians concerns by increasing provider reimbursement rates by an average of 73 percent.
  • Right wing reporters and politicians have claimed that HealthCare.gov has cost anywhere between $500 million to $1 billion to create. Actual cost of creating the website totaled out to $118 million followed up by an additional $54 million for IT support.
  • The Republican Party has been pushing a new line of attack against the Affordable Care Act by falsely claiming that millions of Americans are receiving cancellation notices from their health insurance providers. What Republicans are neglecting to say is that the majority of individuals receiving these notices are enrolled in plans that do not meet the ACA standards and most will be paying less once they enroll in the coverage in the insurance marketplace.
  • Republican Governor's across the nation are falsely claiming that one of the reasons they are not expanding their Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act is because the Federal Government can not be trusted to keep its part of the funding. However, this argument is suspect for a variety of reasons and has no basis in fact. The Federal Government has only increased funding for Medicaid since its inception and has not reduced funding one time.
  • Many Republicans are claiming that they will see a dramatically reduced workforce if they go along with Medicaid expansion in their states, but they offer no proof of this theory. In actuality, The National Bureau of Economic Research has concluded that there is little to zero proof of this actually being the case.
  • Republicans are claiming that 30 million Americans will remain uninsured because of Obamacare. What they are neglecting to say is that the vast majority of those 30 million Americans are individuals who live in Republican states that have refused to expand Medicaid.
  • A common Republican Party talking point is that a majority of individuals that make make minimum wage are teenagers working in their first or second job. However, that claim is not backed up by any facts. The average age of someone working on minimum wage is 35 and one third of all minimum wage earners are 40 or older.
  • Many in the Republican Party are falsely suggesting that the President's 'Common Core' education initiative is actually meant to turn the Education Department into a national school board. The main problem with this statement is that states are not required to adhere to the Common Core standards. It is a voluntary program that 45 states have opted to participate in, not a mandatory program that could turn the Education Department into a national school board.
  • Republicans are falsely claiming that the Internal Revenue Service will be in charge of a national database of individuals medical records under Obamacare. In actuality, the IRS is only responsible for determining if an individual qualifies for tax subsidies for the Affordable Care Act by verifying their yearly incomes.
  • Rommney campaign ad says that the Obama Administration gutted the 1996 Welfare Reform bill, by removing the requirement for recipients to be working. This, however, is untrue. Work requirements are not dropped. States have leeway to change and revise, as part of a federally approved state plan to increase employment. The reform was not "gutted". Benefits will not be paid beyond a certain amount of time, whether or not the recipient is working.