Although 2009 was not an election year, it kept us exceptionally busy, and led to millions of visits to our site. In this year-end summary, we offer some of the worst examples of the falsehoods we encountered during the first year of the Obama administration. The list of howlers includes the false claim that the stimulus bill would dictate …
Stories by Lori Robertson
Q: What is the difference between a "public option" and a single-payer plan?
A: Single-payer is a complete government-run health insurance system under which everyone is covered, e.g., Canada’s system. The "public option" is a single federal insurance plan that would compete with private insurance companies.
Q: Did Muslim terrorists stage a "dry run" on AirTran flight 297?
A: The airline and an eyewitness say this e-mailed claim is "an urban legend" spread by persons who "live in a fantasy world."
Saturday’s Senate debate on the health care bill included a few mentions of yours truly, FactCheck.org. Our work was cited on Dec. 2 by Sen. John McCain, who quoted from […]
It’s the battle of the voice mail messages. First, Sen. John McCain launched a robocall this week, claiming that spending cuts to Medicare in the Senate health care bill would […]
Last year, Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign proposed cuts to Medicare spending to finance his health care overhaul proposal. This year, Senate Democrats have proposed cuts to Medicare spending to […]
Conservatives for Patients’ Rights is out with a new ad, airing on CNN and Fox News, that repeats a few of the group’s claims about a federal health insurance plan: that […]
Our pre-Thanksgiving round-up of bits and pieces of political bunk includes Al Gore, a fancy new dog park and chain e-mails that refuse to die. Gore’s too hot Al Gore […]
This week, readers sent us comments on small businesses and health care, the recovery act and jobs, and a pimp Photoshop contest. In the FactCheck Mailbag we feature some of […]
Democrats in Congress have been pleased with the Congressional Budget Office’s findings that both the House and Senate health care bills would reduce the deficit over 10 years. But is […]