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‘SpotCheck.org’? We Disagree.

In an Aug. 20 appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” former New York Lt. Gov. (and health care legislation critic) Betsy McCaughey referred to our organization as “spot-check dot org,” claiming we failed to adequately read the House health care bill. McCaughey is the source of the false claim that the bill calls for mandatory counseling for seniors “to do what’s in society’s best interest … and cut your life short.”
As we said in our article “False Euthanasia Claims,”

FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Aug. 18-Aug. 24

This week, readers sent us comments on abortion funding, "The Daily Show" and keeping your insurance.
In the FactCheck Mailbag we feature some of the e-mail we receive. Readers can send comments to editor@factcheck.org. Letters may be edited for length.

Health Care for Members of Congress?

Q: What type of health insurance do members of Congress receive? Is it a single-payer, government-run system?
A: Until 2014, members of Congress were covered by private insurance under the same system that covers all federal workers.

August 25, 2009

More than 50 percent of births in nine states were financed by Medicaid in 2003.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

August 24, 2009

Seventy-five percent of AIDS deaths in 2007 occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

August 23, 2009

The number of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide at the end of 2007 was an estimated 33 million.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

August 22, 2009

About 30 million children and 15 million adults in low-income families, as well as 14 million elderly and persons with disabilities have health insurance through Medicaid.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

Abortion: Which Side Is Fabricating?

Will health care legislation mean “government funding of abortion”?

President Obama said Wednesday that’s “not true” and among several “fabrications” being spread by “people who are bearing false witness.” But abortion foes say it’s the president who’s making a false claim. “President Obama today …

August 21, 2009

Medicare expenditures made up 22 percent of all national personal health expenditures in 2007.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

August 20, 2009

In 2007, women made up 21 percent of those living with HIV/AIDS in North America and 59 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation