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  • Joe Biden versus  Donald Trump on Covid-19 and Health Care
    Over 8.9 million Americans have contracted the Covid-19 virus and over 230,000 Americans have died. The virus is surging across America again with projections that 500,000 Americans overall will die by the end of February, but around 130,000 of those lives could be saved if everybody were to wear masks.
  • CNN's 'Ivory Tower' Will Change The Way You Think About College, Forever.
    If you are going to watch one single documentary about higher education in the United States, you can do no better than CNN's 'Ivory Tower'. Is College Worth It? That's the question Director Andrew Rossi sets out to answer. The points made in this documentary are nuanced, and the answers are many.
  • A Social Compact For 21st Century America
    Of all the pieces of legislation that came about to help dig America out of the Great Depression, none had a greater impact than the Social Security Act. This single piece of legislation and subsequent amendments expanding the eligible number of recipients dramatically rewrote the social compact between the federal government and the citizens it governs.
  • Super-Centers Are Leaving Part-Time Workers To Fend For Themselves
    Walmart, our nation's largest retailer, is cutting some 30,000 part-time employee's health care benefits, due to the rising costs for the company.
  • The tragic passing of Robin Williams brings to the forefront an issue that millions of Americans struggle with each and every day. Depression is an illness that does not discriminate. It affects celebrities and regular people alike. And sometimes it has deadly consequences, as we saw first hand yesterday.
  • House Republicans Pick For Profit Schools Over Veterans in GI Bill Fight
    Laws that have broad bi-partisan support come few and far between, but the GI Bill that was passed in 1944 is one of those few bills that will bring together both the most ardently conservative and die hard liberal because it was a law designed to thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country.
  • A Short History of Disability Benefits
    It took the United States nearly two hundred years before it realized the importance of setting up a system for citizens who have become unable to work and need assistance to ensure they can still provide for themselves. Up until 1956 an individual who became disabled had little to no protections and had to rely on the help of others if they fell on hard times and couldn't work anymore.
  • A One-Stop Shop For All Your Food Stamp Questions
    Do you find yourself struggling to pay for food on a weekly basis and wondering how you are going to feed your family or yourself another meal? Have you always questioned whether you are eligible for assistance, but don't know where to look or how to sign up? Look no further! My hope is to answer all of your questions and provide you with all the relevant information to help

Debunking Lies & Misinformation About Health & Welfare

StartedRepeated LieAboutQuotes (SORT)Rank
08/21/12The Obama Administration gutted the 1996 welfare reform programJobs, Unemployment Benefits & Barack Obama0

Fact Checking Articles on Health & Welfare

DateArticle NameAbout
01/01/14Illinois Medicaid Moving Forward in 2014Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) & Illinois
The Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) will be offering health coverage in Illinois through a state partnership model in 2014. The FFM will make assessments of Medicaid/CHIP eligibility and then transfer the applicant's account to the state agency for a final eligibility determination. Illinois is expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income adults effective January 1, 2014.
12/17/13This Chart Blows Up the Myth of the Welfare QueenWelfare Program & Poor
Here's a useful graph to keep handy for the next time Fox News airs a report about food stamp users buying lobster with their benefits. This month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics compared yearly spending between families that use public assistance programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid, and families that don't. And surprise, surprise, households that rely on the safety net lead some pretty frugal lifestyles. On average, they spend $30,582 in a year, compared to $66,525 for families not on public assistance. Meanwhile...
Controversies & Scandals
  • Mitt Romney, in a conversation with private donors, voice his belief that 47% of Americans are "dependent on government" and who "believe they are victims" who will vote for Obama because they think they are "entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing." When Romney was confronted with the comment he stood by his words.
  • The nation's leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, decided to discontinue its partnership with Planned Parenthood on 2/1/2012. Komen funding for Planned Parenthood has provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and resulted in 6,400 referrals for mammograms. The resulting public backlash was huge and ultimately led to Komen reversing and apologizing for the decision on 2/3/2012. Karen Handel, a former GOP candidate for governor known for her anti-abortion stance, also stepped down from her position as senior vice president for public policy of Susan G. Komen on 2/7/2012.
  • Newt Gingrich publicly opposes Paul Ryan's budget proposal and take on reforming Medicare. He then flip flops on the issue when a majority of Republicans lash out at him.
  • On September 9, 2009, Wilson shouted at President Barack Obama while Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to outline his proposal for reforming health care. During his address, Obama said: "There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally." In a breach of decorum, Wilson pointed at Obama and shouted, "You lie!". Wilson attracted national and international attention for the incident. He said afterwards that his outburst reflected his view that the bill would provide government-subsidized benefits to illegal immigrants. Members of Congress from both parties condemned the outburst. Wilson later apologized to Obama.

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