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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Permafrost is ground that remains frozen for at least two consecutive years. Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center
December 2009 set a record for the greatest snow extent over North America in the 44-year history of snow cover maps produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Source: NOAA
The percentage of non-elderly persons in the U.S. with private health insurance was 79 percent in 1968; it remained around that level until 1980, and then dropped to 67 percent by 2007. Source: National Center for Health Statistics
In a 2009 survey, 6 percent of adults under age 65 said they had requested a refill of a prescription via the Internet and 3 percent said they had made a medical appointment online. Source: National Center for Health Statistics
A third-party group, the Committee for Truth in Politics, is out with an ad blasting the House’s "Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act." The group, which has no Web site and has made no disclosures to the Federal Election Commission, was created by a North Carolina GOP operative, according …
Debunking e-mail rumors today seems to require that one be an image analysis expert. We regularly get requests to say whether pictures are real or a result of Photoshop. While some of the photos are obviously fabricated, like the one of the president and first lady in stereotypical "pimp and …
In a 2009 survey, half (51 percent) of adults under age 65 said they had used the Internet to look up health information during the previous 12 months. Source: National Center for Health Statistics
This week, readers sent us comments on Dr. Koop’s health care ad, FactCheck merchandising, and word choice in articles and letters. 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 Groundhog Day tradition was brought to the United States by German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania, and it has its roots in the Christian Candlemas Day. Source: Punxsutawney Groundhog Club
A lot of talking gets done on the Sunday morning shows, so it's no surprise that a verbal mishap or two might turn up. For instance, yesterday on CNN's "State of the Union with John King," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dissed the Democratic health care overhaul bills, …