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.
Many Republicans have be claiming that Obama doesn't think that people build their own businesses because of his speech where he said "...you didn't build that." The phrase has been taken blatantly out of context. Obama was not talking about people's businesses but instead the infrastructure, roads, railroads, bridges and education system. Romney also conveniently ignores Obama's clear summary of his message, that "the point is ... that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."
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.
Mitt Romney on the campaign trail is claiming that Obama "hasn’t put forth a plan to get us working again" and "after three and a half years later, we’re waiting." Romney totally ignores the Jobs plan that President Obama presented to Congress in October 2011 and the subsequent plan revealed in his state-of-the union address, all of which were rejected by Congress for political reasons.
Romney falsely claims the inspector general uncovered Obama crony capitalism in the Solyndra investigation and has repeated the lie in campaign ads running in swing states. The media have since debunked it as "simply made-up." Romney, however, unabashedly continues to run the ad.
Mitt Romney has made the claim on the campaign trail and in his website that federal spending under Obama has "accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history." Politifact and others have found this statement to be false. Politifact calculated Obama's spending rate at 1.4 percent the lowest in 60 years. Despite media coverage of the falsehood, Mitt Romney's website maintains the false statement.
Mitt Romney's first campaign ad in November 2011 falsely attributed the quote to Obama, but in fact Obama was quoting John McCain. Obama's actual words: "Senator McCain`s campaign actually said, and I quote, "If we keep talking about the economy, we`re going to lose."" Mitt Romney acknowledges the purposeful editing but was still running the ad seven months later.
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."
The Republican Party often claims that Medicaid is broken and should be turned into a block grant to individual states to save money, but multiple independent studies have shown that block grants would contain significantly less money and upwards of 45 million Americans would lose their health coverage if that happened.
The Republican Party is claiming that their proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher system will save Medicare. The truth of the matter is multiple independent analysts have warned that it will double the out of pocket expenditures for future senior citizens.
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.
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 that Medicare, the government run health insurance program for senior citizens, would be available to every American citizen.
After Politico reported that Chris Coons, the Democratic candidate for Senate running against Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, had written an opinion piece for his college newspaper titled "Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist," right-wing media figures jumped on the story to attack Coons.
J. Christian Adams claims the DoJ dismissed a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party for political reasons. In reality there is insufficient evidence against the members of the Black Panther Party.
The GOP has began spreading lies that Obama prefers taking vacation instead of doing anything about the oil spill, likely in effort to smear him and the democratic party in the upcoming 2010 and 2012 elections. The GOP says a few rounds of golf over the course of 2 months takes all of Obama's time, which, of course, is absolutely ridiculous seeing how a round of golf only takes 4 hours.
The right has starting fabricating and distorting truths in order to smear Kagan's reputation for her supreme court appointment hearings.
Republicans accuse that Obama has plans to nationalize the internet and make it government controlled with Net Neutrality . Net Neutrality does no such thing.
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.
In order to try and block more Obama more needed legislation from the Obama Administration, the right has started falsely stating that Financial Reform Bill will put the country in a position where it has to bail out 'too big to fail' companies on a a permanent basis. The bill is actually designed and written to prevent future bailouts, and end 'to big to fail.'
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.
Obama hasn't released proof of U.S. birth. Fox, Limbaugh, Beck all claim
Republican claim first made in 2009 during the health care debate. According to the Medicare Boards of Trustees, Medicare Parts B and D were "both projected to remain adequately financed into the indefinite future because current law automatically provides financing each year to meet the next year’s expected costs." And although the Trust Fund for Part A is projected to be exhausted in 2029, revenue will still cover 85 percent of costs.
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.
Claims that emails stolen from climate change scientists showed that they "fudged data" and lied to support their claims of climate change.
Obama Aide Kevin Jennings did not Report a Statutory Rape back in 1988
In the spring of 2009, a Republican strategist settled on a brilliant and powerful attack line for President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to overhaul America's health insurance system. Frank Luntz, a consultant famous for his phraseology, urged GOP leaders to call it a "government takeover." However this is completely false and was Politifacts 2010 Lie of the Year.
Iraq has Weapons of Mass Destruction
Iraq linked to Al-Qaeda and/or 9/11 Attacks
There is a clear separation of church and state in the United States. The united states is not a Christian Nation
This lie is often used in arguments against gay rights campaigns by conservative religious groups. It is a complete lie and another form of gay bashing.