Debunking Lies

Obamacare Lies & Misinformation

StartedRepeated LieAboutQuotes (SORT)Rank
04/16/14The Census is Being Manipulated to Skew Obamacare Numbers 0
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.
2013Small Businesses Dropping Majority of Employees Due to ACA1
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.
2013 NOVMedicaid Doesn't Provide Quality Health CoverageMedicaid0
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.
2013 NOVMedicaid Expansion Will Bankrupt StatesMedicaid0
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.
2013 OCTMedicaid Expansion Will Force Doctors To Turn Away PatientsMedicaid0
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.
2013 OCTDoctors Will Not Accept Obamacare PatientsAnn Coulter0
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.
2013 OCTHealthCare.gov cost over $500 milllion to create5
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.
2013 OCTMillions Will Lose Health Insurance Under Obamacare4
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.
2013 SEPThirty Million Americans Are Uninsured Due to ObamacareMedicaid0
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.
2013 SEPMedicaid Expansion Will Slash America's WorkforceMedicaid0
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.
2013 SEPThe Federal Government Won't Pay Medicaid Funds to StatesMedicaid & Republican Governors0
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.
2013 MAYThe IRS Will Operate a Health Care DatabaseMichele Bachmann & Internal Revenue Service (IRS)0
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.
07/02/12The Affordable Care Act is the Biggest Tax Hike in HistoryTaxes1
The 2010 Health Care Reform Act is not even a tax. But assuming that it is, simply for the sake of argument. It doesn't even come close to being the largest tax hike in history.
2011 JUNObamacare creates rationing boardMedicare0
The Republican party and conservative media is claiming that the Affordable Care Act will create a Medicare rationing board that will determine who gets to live or die. The truth of the matter is that the law explicitly forbids these boards to "ration care, increase taxes, change Medicare benefits or eligibility, increase beneficiary premiums and cost-sharing requirements, or reduce low-income subsidies under Part D."
2010Obamacare cuts $700 billion from MedicareMedicare0
Republicans falsely claim that Obamacare takes $700 billion dollars from Medicare. What the law actually does is reduce payments to Medicare Advantage, a small subset of Medicare that is run by private insurers. Medicare Advantage, which was passed by the Bush Administration, was supposed to bring down the cost of Medicare but actually costs more than traditional Medicare. Obamacare tackles this by reducing the payments to private insurers, not the overall program.
2010Obamacare is a Government Takeover Of Health Care0
Republicans inaccurately claim the Affordable Care Act is a Federal Government takeover of healthcare. In actuality, the Affordable Care Act mandates individuals who are currently uninsured to purchase private health insurance that will be available in a marketplace. If the individual does not have the financial means to purchase this insurance, the law provides subsidies and other tax incentives for lower and middle income citizens in order to help them afford this insurance. A government takeover of healthcare would mean...
2010 MAYMembers of Congress are exempt from ACA requirements1
Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger is misleading his constituents by saying that he will decline the health insurance offered to members of Congress next year because it includes a “special subsidy” from the president that “exempted” Congress from the Affordable Care Act. Congress isn’t “exempt” from the law. It wasn’t exempt back in 2010, when we first debunked such a claim; nor were lawmakers exempt in May when the bogus bit surfaced again.
04/04/10Obamacare funds abortions1
The right has claimed that Obama's health care changes funds abortions, but no government funds have been set aside to encourage or fund abortions.
2009Illegal Immigrants Will Get Free Healthcare With ObamacareUndocumented Immigrants0
Republicans falsely claim that undocumented immigrants will receive free healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. In reality, there is a specific section of the law, Section 246, that mandates non United States citizens will be ineligible to receive tax credits to help them purchase health insurance.