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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Ninety-three percent of U.S. households with residents considered their neighborhood to be safe, according to 2003 Census data. Source: Census Bureau
The AFL-CIO is running a print ad this week arguing that "the House bill gets it right" on health care. The Senate bill? Not so much, says the labor federation. Its beef is with the tax in the Senate Finance Committee bill on high-cost (a.k.a. "Cadillac") health care plans. Unions …
The American Future Fund, a conservative advocacy group, has released a new ad that uses the H1N1 vaccine as the crux of its argument against health care overhaul legislation. The ad asks: "If the government can’t run a flu program, can we trust it to run America’s entire health care …
The claim that the House bill would amount to "government-run health care" suffered a blow last week, when the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the so-called "public plan" in the revised bill wouldn’t offer much in the way of competition to private insurers. But that hasn’t stopped Republicans from repeating …
Americans consumed 23.8 pounds of candy per capita in 2008. Source: Census Bureau
Q: Did President Obama declare a national state of emergency because of H1N1? A: Yes, but claims that this is an effort to instill panic in the American population show a misunderstanding of what such a declaration actually means.
The World Series began as a best-of-9 championship in 1903, but was changed to a best-of-7 in 1905. It reverted to a best-of-9 briefly, in 1919-1921. Source: MLB.com
In a 2008 survey of teenagers on their cell phone use, 42 percent of respondents said they could text while blindfolded or without looking at the keypad. Source: Harris Interactive
This week, readers sent us comments on cap and trade, "Obama phones" and insurance coverage for abortions. 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 first words stored on a hard drive were: "This has been a day of solid achievement." Source: Computerworld