Q: Is it true that there are bills in Congress that would exempt members and their staffs and families from buying into “Obamacare”?
A: No. Congress members and staffers will be required to buy insurance through the exchanges on Jan. 1. But reportedly there is concern about whether federal contributions to premiums can continue without a change.
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This week, readers sent us comments on Canadian Shona Holmes, employer health care and Nazi symbols. In the FactCheck Mailbag we feature some of the e-mail we receive. Readers can send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters may be edited for length.
The United Kingdom’s Department of Health may not have expected to face such harsh criticism during debate of overhauling the health care system here in the United States. As we’ve repeatedly said, neither President Obama nor the major health care bills in Congress call for replicating the U.K.’s government-run and …
Last week we posted an item on President Obama’s recent claim that health insurance companies were logging record profits. Not true, we discovered, at least not for the largest publicly traded companies. Some of them weren’t even close. Expect to keep hearing the assertion, however, in a series of seven …
Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and the disabled, covers 46 million Americans. Medicare spending totaled $455 billion in 2008. Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Recent comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that swastikas and other Nazi imagery had been appearing at lawmakers’ town hall meetings on health care set off furious rounds of tweeting and blogging by outraged conservatives. The episode began when the California Democrat was asked by a reporter whether she thought …
Q: Fox News’ Glenn Beck said that the government will get complete access to your computer and all of your files when you log on to Cars.gov for the Cash for Clunkers program. Is there any truth to this? A: This claim is false. Beck quoted from a security message …
In 2008, U.S. health care spending is estimated to have been $2.4 trillion. It is projected to nearly double to $4.4 trillion in 2018. Source: Health Affairs/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
There were 2.6 million children who lived with both a grandmother and a grandfather in the U.S. in 2008. Source: Census Bureau
There were 6.6 million children living with a grandparent in the U.S. in 2008. That’s 9 percent of all children in the country. Source: Census Bureau
In 2007, 2.5 million grandparents were responsible for most of the basic needs of one or more of the grandchildren living with them. Source: Census Bureau